Returning to the west of Ireland 30 years later

    I was first brought to a thatched cottage situated near Tuam in Country Galway Ireland in 1965 at the age of eleven. Enchanted with Ireland, over the next ten years I became increasingly embedded in the 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 sixties 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 twenty-one. 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 books 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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