Tom Phelan talk in Abbeyleix

Tom Phelan talk in Abbeyleix

Tom Phelan returns home to to discuss his latest book, We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood in Abbeyleix next weekend.

In the memoir, Phelan writes about his formative years in Mountmellick, working with his father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking.

It was the 1940s and 50s, a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when small farmers struggled to survive; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over the country.

Tom Phelan, who now lives in New York, is also the author of six novels.

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The talk takes place on Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm at the Abbeyleix Library.