My Father's Wake

My Father's Wake

How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die

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An intimate, lyrical look at the ancient rite of the Irish wake--and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death

Death is a whisper for most of us. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, pull the curtains, and speak softly. But on a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, death has a louder voice.

Each day, along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio runs a daily roll call of the recently departed. The islanders go in great numbers, young and old alike, to be with their dead. They keep vigil with the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands and carry the coffin on their own shoulders. The islanders cherish the dead--and amid the sorrow, they celebrate life, too.

In My Father's Wake, acclaimed author and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Toolis unforgettably describes his own father's wake and explores the wider history and significance of this ancient and eternal Irish ritual. Perhaps we, too, can all find a better way to deal with our mortality--by living and loving as the Irish do.


Baker & Taylor
After his father’s passing, the author offers a surprisingly uplifting message as he describes the history and significance of the Irish wake, which included staying with the corpse and the bereaved throughout the night and digging the grave with their own hands. 20,000 first printing.

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& Taylor

Looks at the ancient rite of the Irish wake on an island off Ireland's coast, describing its history and significance, which includes islanders keeping vigil with the corpse and the bereaved through the night and digging the grave with their hands.
"An intimate, lyrical look at the ancient rite of the Irish wake--and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death." --Amazon.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Da Capo Press,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780306921469
0306921464
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm

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