The Irish in America

We Have a Winner!


Before we put all the excitement of St. Patrick’s Day behind us for another year, we need to announce the winner of our Book Giveaway! Next time we will have to challenge you guys a bit and make the trivia question tougher – everyone who entered had the correct answer.



The famous Listowel Writers Week is held each year over the June Bank Holiday weekend. This year the week of writing workshops, competitions, and festivities runs May 28th – June 1st. The full program will be announced in April on the Writers Week website.

We wish we could give you all a copy of Vincent Carmody’s lovely book about Listowel, but there could be only one lucky winner.



from County Kildare

Congratulations, Ed! Send us your address and your book will be on its way – click here to email us.

A big thanks to Vincent Carmody for sharing his Listowel with our readers through his stories and for donating the signed copy of his book, Listowel – Snapshots of an Irish Market Town 1850-1950

Listowel (courtesy of Vincent Carmody)

Listowel (courtesy of Vincent Carmody)


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

4 thoughts on “We Have a Winner!

  1. Wow, Thank you so much. You just made my day. And to Vincent, I cant wait to get started, 🙂


  2. Congratulations to Ed…. and for visitors to the town, I’d just like to mention that I’ve stayed in the Listowel Arms, (featuring in the background of the colour shot above) a few times. It’s delightful accommodation in an enchanting spot. Does anyone know if the book mentions Pat McAuliffe (1846-1921)?: Whose famous plasterwork adorns a few places, and who was probably once single handedly responsible for all the best shop fronts in the town.
    Dáithí, Na Sceirí
    (David, The Skerries).

    • Hi David – I have a copy of the book, so I will check on that for you later today. 🙂

    • Per author Vincent Carmody: “Pat McAuliffe is recalled in my book, he is first mentioned in the fine foreword by Sean Lynch, Sean, a visual artist, is regarded as the foremost student of McAuliffe’s works. Photographs of some of these shop frontages can be found on pages, 121, 158, 165 and 232.”


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