"The Rival Kempers" (6 pages, 1842)
Irish Short Story Week I
"Shane Fadh's Wedding" is very much about story telling. In it Shane is challenged by his friends to tell the story of the wild events associated with his wedding. Carleton does narrate this story, and others, by introducing briefly a character at the start of the story and then having this person tell the story.
You can read these two stories (and more) HERE
There seems to be a lot of arguing and near fighting about who has the "bragging rights" for lots of things in the world of the Irish Short Story. In "The Rival Kempers" we see a friendly competition between unmarried young female weavers. Big social events where also important for young people looking for a marriage partner. A young woman that was a good weaver was probably also going to be good at a lot of domestic tasks and a great candidate for marriage. Here is a good sample of Carleton's prose style: