A Ghost Upon Your Path

A Ghost Upon Your Path


We all have a need to belong, to have a place and people we feel tied to: our family, our house, our hometown, our nation. Ever since he first visited Ireland with his family twenty years ago, John McCarthy has felt a strong affinity with its people and landscape. Yet in spite of his Irish name, he never thought of himself as remotely Irish.

When McCarthy sets up home in a wild and isolated corner of County Kerry where his ancestors were living a thousand years before, he realises that he is about to undertake not only a journey into that small rural community but also into his own history and his family. What he discovers there reveals a curious sense of belonging to a place he has never before lived in and peels back the emotional layers of his own fractured past.


  • '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

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