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Galway Bay
by Mary Pat Kelly

Published: 2009-01-22
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Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where ...
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Here at last is one Irish family's epic journey, capturing the tragedy and triumph of the Irish-American experience. In a rousing tale that echoes the myths and legends of Ireland herself, young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories, and communal celebrations. Selling both their catch--and their crops--to survive, these people subsist on the potato crop--their only staple food. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Danger and hardship await them there. Honora and her unconventional sister Maire watch their seven sons as they transform Chicago from a frontier town to the "City of the Century", fight the Civil War, and enlist in the cause of Ireland's freedom. The Kelly clan is victorious. This heroic story sheds brilliant light on the ancestors of today's 44 million Irish Americans.

In the author's colorful and eclectic life, she has written and directed award-winning documentaries on Irish subjects, as well as the dramatic feature Proud. She's been an associate producer on Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live, written books on Martin Scorsese, World War II, and Bosnia, and a novel based on her experiences as a former nun - Special Intentions. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine and has a PhD in English and Irish literature.

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One million Irish people died from starvation and other related diseases. Discuss the relief efforts today that could of been made
Discuss the two main characters, Honora & Maire. What were their strengths, weakness and survival?
Talk about Honora and Michael meeting for the first time in Galway Bay
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Potatoes
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make anything related to potatoes!

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  "A Beautiful Read"by [email protected] (see profile) 09/04/19

What can I say about this book??!! A long book of over 500 pages but so worth reading about the great Irish famine in the mid 1800's. A story of a family who survived and miraculously made it to America.... (read more)

 
  "GALWAY BAY"by iluv2nit4u (see profile) 07/26/16

I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK; IT WAS VERY INFORMATIVE ABOUT IRISH HISTORY
(Some members of my book club thought it was too long)

 
  "Author's Ancestors' Lives in Ireland"by ebach (see profile) 09/01/11

Mary Pat Kelly’s GALWAY BAY is a 551-page story of the Keeley and Kelly families beginning in Ireland in 1839 all the way to their lives in Chicago and their get-together at the Chicago Wo... (read more)

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