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From Slievenamon to the Wicklow Hills

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Full title: In Monavalla [a novel]

Creator / Author: Joseph Brady

Item Type / Page count: Book / 325p

When Published: 1963

Publisher / Place of Publication: M. H. Gill & Son / 50 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin.

About: The author’s first novel chronicled a family called Fitzgerald who lived at the foot of Slievenamon. The story was told through the eyes of  Martin Fitzgerald. This sequel takes up the story of Martin, who becomes a priest serving in Dublin, Liverpool and Brooklyn before returning to Ireland to a parish among the Wicklow Hills. As with most novels, many events that are described are based on fact and may, to a certain extent, be autobiographical.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: Joseph Brady was the pen-name of Rev. Maurice Brown, P.P. who was one time Parish Priest of Ballymore-Eustace which includes Hollywood in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The mare was pawing the cobblestones in front of the house. She was full of oats and eager to be on the road. The leaves of a big sycamore, shrivelled by last night’s hard frost, were dropping off one by one, twirling like miniature cartwheels as they spun to the ground. Father Martin Fitzgerald, newly ordained, was setting out from Letterlee, a little village at the foot of Slievenamon, for a temporary mission in the diocese of Brooklyn…..”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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