Returning to the West of Ireland 30 Years Later


I was first brought to a thatched cottage situated near Tuam in County Galway in 1965 at the age of 11. Enchanted with Ireland, over the next 10 years I became increasingly embedded in Irish culture, finding a way to return every summer, working as a waitress at a Galway coffee shop. The peace my American high school friends were searching for in the tumultuous '60s in the USA paled in comparison to the peace I discovered in the remote west of Ireland. However, circumstances required me to abruptly exit my beloved adopted country shortly after I turned 21. Thirty years later, I was empowered by my recovery from a sexual assault to return to the west of Ireland to reclaim that precious part of myself lost when I had left three decades ago. My recent book, Come Dance with Me in Ireland, tells this story. It is a compelling story that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland as much as I do.  Come Dance with Me in Ireland is available at Amazon or you can click here to read more about this book and to order your copy.

Come Dance with Me in Ireland

A woman’s return to the west of Ireland

to reclaim the part of herself lost 30 years ago

 By Susan O’Dea Boland

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Tags: Galway, Ireland, Irish, Mayo, memoir, music, returning, to, traditional

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