Michael John Kilgannon has written a finely wrought memoir which takes the reader back to his grandmothers and his parents and he demonstrates the resilience of those generations in surviving, despite the aftermath of the Famine, landlords evictions, and emigration, as well as Ireland's violent path to independence. This background, with an uncle lost in the Titanic, another uncle shot to death in the War of Independence, his father shot and wounded, sets the tone for Michael John's life, his epiphanies, passions, and frustrations. With intelligence and wit, he tells the story of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s, and his time, from the 1960s onwards, as a country schoolmaster when education was changing dramatically. Always committed to his local community, he recounts the struggle to create a group water scheme, represent his community on Galway County Council, and save his local railway station and post offices from closing in the face of swinging Government cutbacks.
Michael John Kilgannon's story is a compelling account of love and loss, family and community, which proffers valuable lessons to be learned in charting Ireland's future.
The Man who Stopped the Train - My Life Story
- Publisher: Michael John Kilgannon
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