Séamus McNally

Location: Mayo
Facilitates workshops.
Speaks at events.
Speaks to writer groups.
Speaks to book clubs.

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Séamus McNally is a native of Louisburgh, and grew to manhood between the hills and seas of the Wild Atlantic Way. He had a couple of his plays produced and is a performance poet of his humorous verse. He has a keen interest in local history. When his great grandmother died in 1956, at the grand old age of 108, she was the last survivor of the Gorta Mór (Great Famine).


"Heart of the West

Ireland lost millions of people to a devastating famine in the late 1840’s. How did a small country rise off its knees, within seventy years, to win a war against the might of the British Empire? This is the question that inspired Séamus McNally to learn more about the real events and lives that shaped this time in history.
From meticulous research and drawing on his insight as a local, the author of The Heart of the West: A Journey of Hope after the Famine brings new life to nearly forgotten Irish stories from a neglected corner of the country. This work of fiction, based closely on true events, follows the ordinary lives of diverse families (1850’s to 1950’s), from the local peasants to the privileged occupier, and the ties that bind them.

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