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“My Ireland” Book Talk with Margaret Connor

Event Details

Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 11:00 am
–12:00 pm

Join us in a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish as we welcome local author Margaret Connor who will share her memories of growing up in 1950s Ireland. Her memoir titled My Ireland presents a factual and descriptive account of Ireland in the 1950s from the perspective of the author looking back on her early life in the country of her birth. Margaret’s captivating and charming story renders a nostalgic picture of Ireland independent of the inequalities and poverty that existed there at that time. Her story concentrates, instead, on rural life with its wonderful sense of community meitheal (an Irish word that describes how neighbors came together to assist in a range of tasks such as the harvesting of crops). To a lesser extent, the author addresses the deep cultural divide of class and money as experienced in religion, education and professional opportunities.

The book is structured chronologically, from Margaret’s childhood to adolescence and from leaving home for Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, and later to emigration. Beginning with family, the description of her father’s passing is written from a child’s viewpoint. This leads to a narrative on her mother, a unique and forthright woman for her day. The story increases in momentum as Margaret lives in Dublin. The newness and wonders of the city take her on an exploratory journey through theatres, shops and the banter of the street traders. Throughout the book are special moments in nature and traditional Irish song and verse.

My Ireland is a historical and cultural walk down memory lane.

Speaker Biography

Margaret Connor

Margaret Connor was raised on a farm in western Ireland. She is the youngest of four siblings, two boys and two girls. Her father died when she was four years of age and her mother continued to operate the farm. In Margaret's late teens, she went to Dublin for hotel training and later worked in Dublin city as a hotel official. From Dublin, Margaret emigrated to the United States where she completed a university education, a B.A. from Harvard and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. This led her to a career in Silicon Valley as a finance officer in the tech industry. In recent years, Margaret has lived in the New York area where she has applied her expertise consulting with early-stage ventures. From her home in Greenwich, CT, she has written her first book, a memoir on her Irish life.

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