Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

by Séamas O'Reilly
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

by Séamas O'Reilly


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A heart-warming and hilarious family memoir of growing up as one of eleven siblings raised by a single dad in Northern Ireland at the end of the Troubles.

Séamas O’Reilly’s mother died when he was five, leaving him, his ten (!) brothers and sisters, and their beloved father in their sprawling bungalow in rural Derry. It was the 1990s; the Troubles were a background rumble, but Séamas was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars, and the actual location of heaven than the political climate.

An instant bestseller in Ireland, Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a book about a family of loud, argumentative, musical, sarcastic, grief-stricken siblings, shepherded into adulthood by a man whose foibles and reticence were matched only by his love for his children and his determination that they would flourish.

“In this joyous, wildly unconventional memoir, Séamas O'Reilly tells the story of losing his mother as a child and growing up with ten siblings in Northern Ireland during the final years of the Troubles as a raucous comedy, a grand caper that is absolutely bursting with life.”―Patrick Radden Keefe, NYT bestselling author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316424264
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/12/2024
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 226,594
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Seamas O'Reilly is a columnist for the Observer and writes about media and politics for the Irish Times, New Statesman, Guts, and VICE. He lives in the London borough of Hackney with his family.

Table of Contents

1 Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? 1

2 Halloween 19

3 Mother's Day 35

4 Numbers 53

5 This One Time Daddy Lifted a Car 66

6 An Entire Chapter About Dogs and Priests 83

7 Fermanagh 104

8 The Forge 123

9 Fame! 145

10 Jeremy 160

11 The Grand North Atlantic Home-Taped VHS Archive 177

12 Notable Explosions, 1988-2005 194

13 Dead and Dying Cows 213

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