A Lucky Irish Lad

A Lucky Irish Lad

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Kevin O'Hara recreates his boyhood with these wonderful stories of growing up in Massachusetts in the 1950s and 60s as one of eight children. His parents, born in Ireland, came to this country for their children's sake. His family struggled against grinding poverty but never gave up and never lost their faith that God had a plan for them. Kevin learned the lessons of making do and making things last, and of the true riches of the world: good health and the love of a united family. All these lessons grounded him as he reached adulthood and was sent off to fight in Vietnam as a reluctant soldier. This book will tug at your heart and make you cry tears of both sorrow and joy. It is a story about the Irish-American experience but it is much more - it's the story of a generation growing up in the shadow of the Second World War and the start of a new age of hope and promise, a time when people believed that anything was possible as long as you dared to dream and had faith in yourself. And a little Irish luck couldn't hurt either.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 38.1mm | 453.59g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765318032
  • 9780765318039
  • 1,553,032

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"A heart warming childhood memoir from the author of LAST OF THE DONKEY PILGRIMS: "One of the finest books about contemporary Ireland ever written - In a style evocative of Steinbeck's Travels with Charley." - Library Journal"show more

About Kevin O'Hara

Kevin O'Hara is the author of "Last of the Donkey Pilgrims," an autobiographic telling of his travels around the coastland of Ireland with his beloved donkey Missy. A psychiatric nurse for more than 25 years, O'Hara still resides in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the place to which his parents emigrated.show more

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74 ratings
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1 1% (1)
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