A Lucky Irish Lad

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 they 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 what the true riches of the world are: 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 wilds of Vietnam as a reluctant solider.

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.

“Kevin O’Hara’s memoir of being Irish and growing up in small-town America of the fifties and sixties captures the time, the place, and the ethnic family values with such an unerring eye that you’ll hear the bands on the Fourth of July, taste Mallo Cup candies, share in the cadences of the Rosary—-and smell a young draftee’s fear in the horror that was the Vietnam War. This is memwoir as tour de force.”

Patrick Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of An Irish Country Doctor

“This funny, sweet, and fast-moving memoir tells the story of growing up in a large Irish family in a small Yankee town–a way of life that has almost disappeared. Kevin O’Hara deserves a prominent place in the long tradition of the Berkshire’s finest story tellers.”

Debby Applegate, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for The Most Famous Man in America: The Biograpghy of Henry Ward Beecher

Available for purchase on Amazon.com

3 thoughts on “A Lucky Irish Lad

  1. Mr Ohara your book sounds like some interesting reading.where can i purchase them? Would the local library have them?
    Thank you,Sandra

  2. Dear Mr. O’Hara:
    Recently in March I read your book, The Last of the Donkey Pilgrims. I also recommended the book to our book club, The Bookworms Literary Guild. We all loved it!
    But one thing I noticed, although there is info on the books you have written, there is very little information about you. I couldn’t even find a wiki link about you.
    I usually type up info on each author for our book club, but found the least amount of information on you, compared with any other author I have researched.
    Can you please add a Bio page to your website? Many of us readers like to know the history on a writer, the background and maybe what drives or drove them to write.
    Thank you so much, Elizabeth

  3. Almost finished with Last of the Donkey Pilgrims. I will be sad to end such an adventure. My wife was born in Dalmuir Scotland and her grandmother was a Coyle from Donnegal. Her grandfather was a McCann from Sligo. My wife got her Irish citizenship through her grandma.
    We currently live in Louisiana but have traveled the British Isles from Orkney to Lands End.
    On one trip we landed at Dublin and ended up with a beat up old rental car which was painted a bright orange with one outside mirror missing and a beat up finder. We drove some of the roads you and Miss traveled. Do not know if it was my driving or the color that caused the angry looks.
    My wife is always picking up books at used book stores so sad to say you only got paid once. The book was signed and my wife did not know what donkey tracks look like.
    Will buy your latest book when we can figure how to get near enough to get you to sign.
    We would enjoy a tour if you still do them.

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