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  • Sat

    Book Launch with Gerald Hayes

    12:00 pmIrish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA

    Springfield native and author Gerald Hayes will be the featured guest at the U.S. launch of his new book, The Blasket Islandman, on Saturday, October 13 at 12:00 pm at the ICC. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch from the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be available for purchase. The Blasket Islandman tells the story of Tomás Ó Criomhthain, who spent his life on the Great Blasket (1856-1937) and helped put the island on the literary map. He was a fisherman and farmer who became fluent in reading and writing his native Irish, penning many essays printed in national Irish publications, along with two well-known Irish books: Island Cross-Talk: Pages from a Diary, first published in 1928, and The Islandman, first published in 1929. Ó Criomhthain ended his second book with the now well-known Irish phrase, “…the like of us will never be again.” Learn more >

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