"A wise old owl lived in an oak,
The more she saw, the less she spoke,
The less she spoke, the more she heard.
Wasn’t she a wise old bird?"
Born in 1930, my father Jim Connell lived for many decades on the family farm at Loraine in County Kildare. During 2019-2022, he shared his memories and thoughts in a series of recorded interviews with a number of people. A Life's Harvest: Stories from the homeplace Loraine is based on these interviews and was launched 22 April 2023 by Martin Heydon, Minister of State.The book is selling for €15 and part proceeds are going to the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.
It is available from the publishers Lettertec and also from the following outlets.
Athy: Winkles Newsagents & Burtown House
Kilcullen: Woodbine Books
Kildare Town: Seanchaí Books
Naas: Barker & Jones
Narraghmore: The Old Hardware & St Laurence's GAA Club
Newbridge: Farrell & Nephew
Waterford City: The Book Centre