Author Tom Phelan

Life in Rural Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s

The Irish Studies Institute of Molloy College presents novelist Tom Phelan who was born and reared on a farm in County Laois, where his youthful memories are steeped in the Irish countryside. Mr. Phelan will discuss life in rural Ireland in a time before the Celtic Tiger, before the rural electrification, before the automobile; a time when transportation consisted of donkey and cart, when women washed clothes by hand and spread them on the hedges to dry; a time when the only vacation most people had was a stay in the hospital and the most exciting day of the year for children was not Christmas, but the Threshing Day.  

Mr. Phelan's talk will be illustrated with selections from his novels, particularly Derrycloney, which Mr. Phelan calls his "fanfare for the common man and woman" of his childhood.

Tom PhelanTom Phelan is the author of the acclaimed novels Nailer, The Canal Bridge, In the Season of the Daisies, Iscariot, and Derrycloney. He has also written for Newsday, the Irish Echo,, and the Recorder, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society. His first novel was chosen by Barnes & Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover award. Phelan is a 2008-2009 Fellow of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.

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Date: December 2, 2012
Time and Location:
3 p.m., Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall, Molloy College
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