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Bicycles, 'Barrows, and Donkeys: Pinning a Tale on the Irish Border

Leary, P; (2018) Bicycles, 'Barrows, and Donkeys: Pinning a Tale on the Irish Border. Folklore , 129 (2) pp. 111-128. 10.1080/0015587X.2018.1426295. Green open access

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Abstract

A popular smuggling story still told in Ireland concerns a man who crossed the border every day, either on a bicycle or wheeling a wheelbarrow, and usually carrying some sort of load; hay, turf, potatoes, or vegetables—goods that were free from customs duty. The suspicious officials subjected the traveller to regular searches but could never catch him out. This article contextualizes that story in the history of the Irish border during the mid twentieth century, and locates it within Irish folklore traditions, before exploring its probable origin in similar tales found outside Ireland.

Type: Article
Title: Bicycles, 'Barrows, and Donkeys: Pinning a Tale on the Irish Border
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0015587X.2018.1426295
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0015587X.2018.1426295
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040145
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