Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland

Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland

by Kevin O'Hara
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Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland by Kevin O'Hara

Kevin O'Hara's journey of self-discovery begins as a mad lark: who in their right mind would try to circle the entire coastline of Ireland on foot—and with a donkey and cart no less?

But Kevin had promised his homesick Irish mother that he would explore the whole of the Old Country and bring back the sights and the stories to their home in Massachusetts. Determined to reach his grandmother's village by Christmas Eve, Kevin and his stubborn but endearing donkey, Missie, set off on 1800-mile trek along the entire jagged coast of a divided Ireland.

Their rollicking adventure takes them over mountains and dales, through smoky cities and sleepy villages, and into the farmhouses and hearts of Ireland's greatest resource—its people.

Along the way, Kevin would meet incredible characters, experience Ireland in all of its glory, and explore not only his Irish past, but find his future self.

“One of the finest books about contemporary Ireland ever written...In a style evocative of Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, O'Hara writes memorably of his most unusual way of touring his ancestral home of Ireland.” —Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429931502
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 401,671
File size: 967 KB

About the Author

Kevin O'Hara has spent the last twenty years working as a psychiatric nurse at the Berkshire Medical Center. He lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Kevin O’Hara is the author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, an autobiographic telling of his travels around the coastland of Ireland with his beloved donkey Missy.  A psychiatric nurse for more than 25 years, O'Hara still resides in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the place to which his parents emigrated.

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Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
while at the bookstore looking for a good read for my vacation. And what a treat it was. Mr. O'Hara's delightful and thought provoking story of his travels around Ireland in 1979 brought to life the many colorful characters he met along the way and his descriptions of scenes and places put the reader right there. The historical details he intersperses made me want to read up on Irish history. His struggles with Missie, his sometimes quirky and difficult donkey companion, added some comedy to lighten the long and at times lonely road. I loved the book from cover to cover and was just sorry when it ended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O'Hara captures the ebb and flow of life on the emerald isle as it was in its not too distant history. His feet on the ground story telling report the enduring humor,generosity, and unique Irish spirit (not unlike his pilgrim partner,Missie). The rythym of his prose allows for "picking up and putting down" with no concern as to the where,when or why of the story. This is a remarkable account capturing the ancient Irish personality
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv donkeys
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rtink More than 1 year ago
This book should be read by anyone wanting to enjoy life's journey!! Kevin is a consummate storyteller. His humor and joy for the best of life is in every page. This is THE BEST book you will ever buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book.A shame it was not publicized more.Need to bring it out as an E book and people would really enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago