Best-selling Mayo author Terry Reilly has released his latest book, ‘Amazing Mayo Stories’. Reilly says he wrote the book, which featuring 14 chapters on Mayo people and events, to show people in the county what Mayo people have achieved in times gone by. He hopes it will act as an inspiration during these difficult economic times.
“We can draw great inspiration from the past. Many of the people featured overcame great challenges to make their mark, showing that there is never a bad time to step boldly forward and follow your dreams,” says Reilly.
‘Amazing Mayo Stories’ includes chapters on President Mary Robinson of Ballina; Edward Whelan, one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation; Monsignor James Horan and Dame Judy Coyne of Knock Shrine; Erris-born Eileen Kato and her connection to Japan’s Imperial family; Jack Feeney, the great Swinford-born tenor; Matthew Webb, who was first to swim English Channel swimmer; Jack Judge, composer of ‘Long Way to Tipperary’; the Mayo Peace Park; Mayo Coffin Ships and Famine days; Knox D’Arcy, ‘The JR Ewing of Mayo’; the Mayo orphans who were sent to Australia during famine years; the remarkably musical Wallace family, ‘rock stars’ of the 1800s; the iconic Delia Murphy, Mayo’s singing blackbird; and the sad impact the sinking of the Titanic on the small Mayo parish of Addergoole.
Reilly, former Managing Editor of The Western People, is a prolific writer on Co Mayo. His other works include ‘Dear Old Ballina; A Rambling Tour Through Dear Old Ballina’, ‘The Green Above the Red’ and ‘The Goal of Victory’ (a history of the Ballina Stephenites GAA Club). His book ‘On A Wing and a Prayer’, the story of Monsignor James Horan’s struggle to build an international Airport at Knock, has now become a musical, written and adapted for stage by Reilly and Tommy Marren. The musical has raised over €200,000 for Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.
DVD on Ballina history
Terry Reilly is also releasing a DVD, ‘Ballina – The Town We Love So Well’ this month. A tour down memory lane, it the history of Ballina to life. The DVD will be launched on Ballina Heritage Day, July 11, 2012, where the author and historian will have a special stall.
To order a copy of ‘Amazing Mayo Stories’ (€17), visit www.terry-reilly.com or check out your local bookstore.