I was happy to see your report on the lecture on April 10th by author & historian Tom Toomey. I will be interested to read a report of the event, and to see a review of Mr. Toomey’s book on Liam Lynch. I wish him good luck with the book and the lecture.
I myself am just finishing a book, “Ireland Becomes Itself”, which is my own narrative of Ireland’s Transformation over the last 100 years told through the lives of “A Rebel (Liam Lynch) & A Poet (Seamus Heaney)”.
My mother Anne (O’Neill) McCormick - from Mitchelstown and later Cobh - and Liam Lynch were first cousins; Liam was an apprentice in my grandfather’s hardware store, “O’Neill’s” on Baldwin St. in Mitchelstown for four years. Her reflections and insights form an important core to my book. She later marched annually to the Liam Lynch Memorial at Kilcrumper, after Bloody Sunday in 1972 till her death in 1994.
As it happens I also know Tipperary quite well, having spent many happy summers - late 40’s & early 50’s - with my father fishing the Suir, from Ballyslateen down to Cahir. I wrote a book about one of those summers
“Listening to The River.” I have spent the last 33 years running The Stone Street Press here in Staten Island in New York.
Thank you for your time, and for the report that caught my attention.
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