Mayo author Padraig McLoughlin’s debut novel is a story of how love can blossom even in circumstances of extreme hardship and poverty, and it will be launched in the Achill Sound Hotel on Sunday the 19th of September.
Only the Stones Never Die tells the story of Kate Grealis and Eoin Gallagher, two Achill islanders forced to emigrate to Scotland in order to pay their families’ debts to the British state. While a work of fiction, McLoughlin’s novel is closely based on real events, and is the result of the author’s life-long fascination with the subject. The book succeeds in shedding new light on the lives of West of Ireland ‘tattie-hokers’, how they were forced to flee appalling hardship, and the racism and sexism they often experienced when they arrived in England and Scotland.
Speakers include Vincent English of Achill Heritage Centre and the author himself. Everyone is welcome, and all current public health guidelines will be upheld.