John Anthony Brennan is a native of Crossmaglen, a small, tough town in County Armagh, Ireland. A town, like Ireland herself, which has survived much pain and hardship through the centuries beneath the invaders harsh heel. His new book, “Don’t Die With Regrets,” is a representation of a life’s journey and was written with the intention of inspiring and informing the reader of a long forgotten Ireland and the deep rooted history embedded in the rocks and the soil.
It chronicles the story of Ireland beginning at the end of the last ice-age and tells of the many and varied cultures that inhabited an infant Ireland, changed it and left something of themselves behind, for us to inhale. The story continues with the arrival, en-masse, of the Celtoi peoples and the satellite tribes that accompanied them. When Christianity, a life changing event, descends upon the Island, the book tells of the fear and worries caused among the people in the short story “The Master.” In the “Scribes” the story unfolds and speaks to the brilliance of a handful of scholar monks who, in the Dark Ages, sought out and brought back to Ireland, much of the written history of the world that had not been destroyed. It also tells of the incursions by Viking raiders, Norman land grabbers and British invaders and the wars they caused, continuing right up to the present day.
It relates the personal story of the author as witness, to the violent, bloody war which started when he was a teenager in 1969 and lasted almost 30 years. It tells of the deep impact it had on him and the people in his hometown, Crossmaglen. Included in the book are a collection of short, anecdotal stories about the interaction between a father and son and the lessons learned. Some of the authors’ selected poems are interspersed throughout the book and act as a common thread.
The author has visited most of the sacred sites in this world and is convinced that a common thread connects them. He incorporates his experiences in his works and some of his writing expresses the spiritual dimension. He writes short stories and poetry and performs his works at many venues in NYC and Long Island.
Voted winner of the 2015 "Next Generation Indie Book Award." (Memoir)
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