Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

Kevin O'Hara

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Kevin O’Hara’s journey of self-discovery begins as a mad lark: who in their right mind would try to circle the entire coastline of Ireland on foot—and with a donkey and cart no less?

But Kevin had promised his homesick Irish mother that he would explore the whole of the Old Country and bring back the sights and the stories to their home in Massachusetts. Determined to reach his grandmother’s village by Christmas Eve, Kevin and his stubborn but endearing donkey, Missie, set off on 1800-mile trek along the entire jagged coast of a divided Ireland.

Their rollicking adventure takes them over mountains and dales, through smoky cities and sleepy villages, and into the farmhouses and hearts of Ireland’s greatest resource—its people.

Along the way, Kevin would meet incredible characters, experience Ireland in all of its glory, and explore not only his Irish past, but find his future self.

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The Donkey Proposal
 
CHAPTER ONE
 
 
The Irish Midlands
MARCH 1979
 
It was at Rattigan’s Pub in Kilrooskey, County Roscommon, that I first proposed traveling the coast of Ireland with a donkey and cart. The elderly patrons, biting at pipes and smelling of turf smoke, rolled in amusement.
“Ye’re thinking of walking an ass about Ireland?” jawed Hugh Mannion from a high stool. “I have two at home that won’t cross Derrane Bog!”
“Arragh, Hughie, now, be fair to your man,” chimed Willie Cassidy from behind a hand of playing cards.

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“One of the finest books about contemporary Ireland ever written...In a style evocative of Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, O’Hara writes memorably of his most unusual way of touring his ancestral home of Ireland.”--Library Journal

“A witty, whimsical walk around an Ireland before the ‘Celitc Tiger’ of the European Union found its economic legs, before the roads were improved, and before battalions of Audis and Mercedes replaced the donkey carts, farmers, and unhurried pedestrians of another day.” --Boston Globe
 
“A delightful book to be enjoyed by everyone on a life pilgrimage.”—Catholic Library World

“Kevin O'Hara is neither a madman nor a saint; he is an original.  The story he tells will be an inspiration to any person who has ever tried to patch a broken life.”—Morgan Llywelyn

“Skillful piece of travel-writing; like the Irish fog, it’s both glowing and lightly pushed by an unacknowledged melancholy.”—Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author

Kevin O'Hara

Kevin O'Hara has spent the last twenty years working as a psychiatric nurse at the Berkshire Medical Center. He lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Last of the Donkey Pilgrims
Kevin O'Hara

Trade Paperback

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
February 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765309846
ISBN10: 076530984X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$17.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
February 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429931502
ISBN10: 1429931507
432 pages
$9.99
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