Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

The warmhearted story of an Irish-American who goes back to discover his roots

Some people search for the truth of their lives in their families and in their past. Some go back to their roots in an effort to discover who the people were who helped shape their lives.

Kevin’s journey began as a mad lark: who in the world would convince themselves that they could circle the entire coastline of Ireland walking alongside a donkey and cart. On his unforgettable journey, Kevin meets some of the more colorful examples of Irish wit, humor, (and temper), and through adversity, sheer folly, and some joy, finds out just the sort of fellow he’d become…and the man he could be.

Told with humor and love, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims is a book for those who need to make the journey of the soul . . . and those who wish they could.

Berkshire Living Article May 2007, “A Walk to Remember” (pdf)

“One of the Finest books about contemporary Ireland ever written”
               Library Journal

“This deeply touching odyssey of two pilgrims–one a courageous man and the other a courageous donkey–touched me as few books have. I laughed and cried and agonized with the pair every step of their incredible journey. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.”
               — Morgan Llywelyn

“With the belly warmth of a perfectly pulled pint, the legendary
twinkle of the Irish and the eyes of a photographer, Kevin O’Hara
records the story of his ramble around the rim of Ireland!”
                Ruth Bass, The Berkshire Eagle

“An absolute gem.”
               — The Donegal Democrat

“Kevin O’Hara’s book should be in every Irish classroom.”
               — Matt Molloy, The Chieftans

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2 thoughts on “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

  1. Amazing book!!! 5 stars plus!!
    You can read my review in full by going to and looking on Page 3 of the reviews for:

    “This book MADE my trip to Ireland, September 30, 2012
    Gail K ” (found on page 3 of Amazon reviews)

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