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  • 'John McCarthy is a good listener, recording with sympathy and humour personal stories as well as Irish history from Celtic times until today. His quest to understand troubled, romantic Ireland and his own relationship with his family has resulted in a beguiling book'

    The Sunday Times
  • 'A lively family history... An engaging and delightful book'

    Independent on Sunday
  • 'Much more than a personal travelogue through the spectacular scenery of County Kerry, this is also a perceptive and delicate analysis of the Irish situation, a delightful evocation of the open-hearted locals of his adopted village of Ardcanacht and a lively family history. It's told with real affection for the people and places he comes across'

    Independent on Sunday

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