Wednesday 25 July 2012

Book launch: Transplanted Shamrocks

A new book Transplanted Shamrocks: Recollections of Central Ohio Irish Americans tells the family stories of the Irish Community in Ohio.

The stories were brought together by the concerted efforts of four people: Julie O'Keefe McGhee, J Michael Finn, Anne O'Farrell DeVoe and Kathryn Hess. They remembered as children their elders telling many tales and sharing snippets about their Irish ancestors. But they had become concerned that these tales would be lost as each generation died. Using the concept that 'everyone has a story', they began soliciting immigration and family stories.

It was a slow process but now, after ten years of collecting stories, documents, photographs, biographies of selected Ohio Irish Americans and histories of the local Irish organisations, the 358-page book has been published by Outskirts Publishing. All profits from the sale of the book will go towards supporting local Irish groups.

The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $18.95, and, as an e-book for $10.00.