Niall and Christine left their careers in New York City for a simpler, authentic life in a cottage outside the tiny village of Kilmihil in County Clare Their tale is a delightful romance The New York Times Book Review...
|Title||:||O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare|
|Publisher||:||Soho Press New edition edition July 1, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||233 pages|
|File Size||:||780 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare Reviews
Someone told me about this book several years ago, and I meant to read it. But, forgot about it. This cropped up as a recommended read, and I thought, "Oh, yes, I meant to read this!" SO glad I did.
Christine and Niall, who is Irish born, are two young 1980's New York professionals that are off to Ireland for a years adventure. The book is created by sharing and melding the contents of each person's diary of first year thoughts about their adventure.
Two New Yorkers with ties to Ireland return there to live, learn to farm, live (almost) off the grid, and pursue a creative life. A struggle to adapt to the place, learn survival techniques, make connections in the community, rehab the farm. But entertaining and inspiring! Captures a certain time in Ireland's long history when some began Americans began to return to their roots in the land. Great for the armchair traveler (and homesteader).
I read this book 20 years ago when I lived in the New York City area. I've remembered it all these years, and although I haven't re-read it, I recently ordered a copy for a friend, whom I knew would love it (and she did). I'm not going to say that this book is the epitome of great literature or that it will change anyones thoughts or opinions...but what I loved about it, was that it is just a wonderful telling of the true story of a married couple who give up their corporate New York City life for a simple rural life in Ireland, when they unexpectedly inherit a cottage there.
This is a very funny, true story told by a husband and wife who move to the far west of Ireland. Things don't always go smoothly for them, but they make the best of it. This is especially good for anyone interested in Irish culture or who is thinking of learning to farm.
Since I am Irish, I dream of how it would be to live there. This book was a fun peak into how it would have been years ago. The trials that this couple went through and the rewards were and adventure. They were accepted by the Irish people they met and became a good part of the community. Lots of ups and downs and lots of hard work, but they ended up getting what they set their hearts on.