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THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Irish ambassador Declan Kelly, right, hosted a book launch April 22 at his residence for THE EYES THAT SHONE: From Ireland to Canada in the 1950s, a book by Philip Donnelly, left. The two are joined by their wives, Anne Kelly, second from left, and Helene Letourneau-Donnelly.

News 2 - Finegan's Pub at Tierworker photos

Can you help to identify the old photos of Finegan's Pub. Check PHILIP DONNELLY'S BLOG>TIERWORKER CEIDHLE HOUSE (June 6, 2010)

The Eyes That Shone - from Ireland to Canada in the 1950s

But a word of warning! The Eyes That Shone is not a saga filled with horrible tragedy and dysfunctional relationships, but rather a celebration of family lives in Ireland and Canada, in other words, a happy story featuring:

  • Memories of life on small farms in Ireland before 1950 and before tractors and electrification, when growing food depended largely on human sweat and muscle
  • Recollections about people and events in the Department of Public Works of Canada where the author worked during the period 1957 to 1991
  • Intimate perspectives on living and dying, politics and religion, home and family