This unusual early work is both hard to find and expensive in its first edition. William Carleton is universally recognised as the greatest delineator of the manners and customs of the Irish peasantry. His Traits and Stories has great historical value, and is a monument of national importance. It is thoroughly recommended reading for the Irish social historian. Contents Include: Introduction; Ned McKeown; The Three Tasks; Shane Fadh's Wedding; Larry McFarland's Wake; The Station; An Essay on Irish Swearing. We are republishing this classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, with a brand new introductory biography of the author.