Author Tom Phelan will give a talk, “My Irish Boyhood,” based on his memoir, We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood, on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. in the South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. This event is free. Phelan is a retired employee of the Garden City Public Schools.
Born and reared in County Laois in the Irish midlands, Phelan spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland.
In its starred review of We Were Rich, Kirkus Reviews wrote, “In precise, vibrant prose, novelist Phelan creates a finely etched portrait…A captivating portrait of a bygone time.”
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