'We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It'

Tom Phelan, (member of the Irish Cultural Society) the Freeport-based author of six novels, was born in 1940 and brought up on a boggy 52-acre farm outside Mountmellick, County Laois, in the Irish midlands. He now gives us a memoir, “We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It,” a nimble exercise in storytelling in which he shapes his recollections into a series of richly detailed vignettes. At our December 4th meeting at the Garden City Pulblic Library (7:30pm), Tom will read selections from the book which will make the audience laugh (The Jubilee Nurse) and applaud the level of Tom's father, a "pre-modern father", brings to Mam and the children. Tom is a gifted writer and a masterful story teller.

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