April 22nd, 2010
You can follow the full range of festivities and media interest below.
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In celebration of the authors birthday and book launch
20 September 2009
30 November 2009
05 December 2009
18 May 2010
An overview of the book's background; book review.
Senior Times, 20 February 2010
Tyrone Constitution, 13 May, 2010
Interview with the author.
Ulster Herald, 13 May 2010.
An article on the festivities during European book launch in Dromore.
Tyrone Constitution, 03 December 2010.
We need more books like this that speak of hope in the midst of adversity. Nigel Frith, Principal Omagh Integrated College, Omagh, Northern Ireland
I loved the book. It made me feel part of this family. Evelyn West, Past President, Clogher Historical Society, Monahan, rep. of Ireland
Polly is unforgettable. Marie Foley Director (ret) Neilsen Gallery, Boston, Mass.
I’ve never seen a book like it. Mickey McGuinness, Co-ordinator of the Community, History, and Heritage Project, Derry, Northern Ireland
I think your book is cool. Ciaran Mallon age seven (2009), Dromore, Northern Ireland
Catharine McKenty’s combination of meticulous research, imaginative engagement with her subject, and flair for narrative has resulted in a story that captures two historical worlds, Ireland and Canada in the ninetenth-century. Brian Lambkin Director, Centre for Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park Castleton, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
What a splendid book ... what a delightful story. The bibliography and illustrations give it the right air of authenticity. The book is very educational — all those who read it will hardly notice they are being taught ... the author is a superb storyteller! I could feel the slushy peat field ... I could smell the rain coming. Marianna O’Gallagher, Authority on Grosse Île and its preservation as an Irish monument Quebec City, Canada
Definitely a book for our times, for all age groups. There are hints of the innocence of Anne of Green Gables in this poignant story. A wonderful, gentle book about a painful time in Irish history. An ageless story of famine amidst plenty, but without bitterness or prejudice. The publication is also extraordinary in its paper quality, archival photos, illustrations and binding. It would make a great addition to the libraries of schools in Ireland. Barbara Canella (nee Ennis) Tyrone Constitution