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But For Ireland I’d Not Tell Her Name

by Gerard Taylor

Joe Collins joined the IRA in 1917 and was with them through to the end of the Civil War. In this story Joe’s own words are transcribed to tell about his part in those wars. He also talks about his life in Lismore Co. Waterford. At the end of the day that he spent with the author he told Gerard of his last wish. Sadly, when Joe died his wish was not honoured. It was this travesty that inspired the book.

As a son of immigrants the author Gerard Taylor had two goals. First to discover his Irish family by going over to Lismore and secondly to try and grant Joe’s last wish by the use of words and art. To achieve this there is an element of myth and fantasy woven seamlessly into the story. The myth begins with an apparition at Joe’s burial in London and then a rendezvous in St. Carthage’s Cemetery, Lismore.

The book has 48 illustrations by the author/artist Gerard Taylor. These illustrations enhance a poignant insight into the lives, loves, laughter and tears of his Irish ancestors.

Part of the story focuses on the famine and Gerard’s discovery about his great great grandfather Bartholomew Lawton’s crime and punishment during that terrible time.

This unusual book entwines oral history with myth and splendid artwork.

Recommendations:

Donald Brady. Author and Retired County Librarian for County Waterford, Ireland. (From his book 'Essays from Lismore'.): “This is a beautifully illustrated exploration of a family and its antecedents. The illustrations are almost more evocative than the words.”

Audrey Leigh Nevins, New York Designer, DSGN: “I loved it. I laughed, I cried and to a great degree it has stayed with me since then - almost haunting me.”

Jude Merrill MBE, Artistic Producer, Travelling Light Theatre Company: "I finished reading your book yesterday, and it is a really beautiful piece of work, I loved it! You have a fine eye and a fine ear for capturing the essence of magic and myth. It was a great read and a great journey too, so personal but also universal."

Published as an A5 paperback of 168 pages with many beautiful illustrations by the author.

Price : UK: £14.95; EU: €19.95; US: $22.95. Postage and packing extra.

Worldwide availability from the Publisher.

Also available from Amazon.co.uk