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Caherlistrane by Mary J Murphy

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Caherlistrane by Mary J. Murphy

Charlie Byrne’s now has signed copies of Mary J. Murphy’s new book Caherlistrane. Featuring a forward from Eilish O’Carroll, with Seán Keane and Vivian Nesbitt, this book looks at various aspects of both personal and private histories of Caherlistrane in County Galway.

The roots of the mother of actor Eilish O’Carroll (Winnie in Mrs. Brown’s Boys) are embedded in Caherlistrane soil because Maureen O’Carroll’s father, Michael McHugh, was born there in 1873. The fictional Agnes Brown, created by Eilish’s brother Brendan O’Carroll, was partially based on their mother Maureen who visited her father’s parish as a child. A truly dynamic woman, and the first Irish female Labour TD, Maureen McHugh O’Carroll always described herself to Eilish as “A Galway woman from Caherlistrane”.

This 33sq mile North Galway parish, sprawled under the protective sentinel of Knockma Hill, is also home to Seán Keane, to his sister Dolores, and to their gifted musical family. It was where the famous 19th poet of the Young Ireland movement, Eva of The Nation, lived too, in Lisdonagh House. THat poet was the great great grandmother of the US writer, Ms. Vivian Nesbitt, actor in the Breaking Bad television series and author of the New York award-winning drama, The Bark and the Tree. That play, written about her ancestor, received its Irish premiere in Headford in 2014.

This book also features other exciting aspects of Caherlistrane’s rich heritage including connections to Seamus Heaney, Michael Harding, LIttle John Nee, Oscar Wilde, Emily Lawless, Anne Enright, Mrs. Eileen Costello, Achill and Eva O’Flaherty’s 1916 exploits in the GPO, John F. Kennedy, Douglas Hyde, Michael Collins, Seán MacDermott, WB Yeats, Darrell Figgis, Dr. Kathleen Lynn, Julie Andrews, Sinéad Cusack, Maria Walsh, Rose of  Tralee, and Elvis Presley! There is also a direct parish link, through Feeragh’s Hubert D. Glynn, with 19th century migration to the US via New York’s Castle Garden Immigration Depot, the precursor of Ellis Island.

Signed copies of Caherlistrane are available in store now for only €20. For more information, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.

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