Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland
Kevin OâHaraâs journey of self-discovery begins as a mad lark: who in their right mind would try to circle the entire coastline of Ireland on footâ”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 r
Along the way he paints achingly beautiful pictures of the people and places (and pubs) he encounters. He becomes a kind of seanachai (Irish storyteller), ...more
The 1979 he described seemed much farther back in time in spots (burning turf! everyone has an opinion on hitching donkeys!). This was during the Troubles, and that made the Northern Ireland part pretty tense in spots. (You know going in that he did thi ...more
But I could immediately tell that Kevin O'Hara has a ...more
This book is exactly what it purports to be: a recollection of his walk around the perimeter of Ireland, accompanied by Missie the donkey. It is at its best when Kevin is describing the sites and giving glimpses into a kind of life that does not exist anymore. I am finding myself ...more
Pick up again sometime and start at chapter 36!
I loved this book and was very sad when it came to an end.