A novel about life in Ireland fifty years ago. A memoir of growing up in Ireland three generations ago. A charming glimpse of life in the old Ireland of the forties and fifties.
Molly resisted the move for as long as she could. When she finally agreed to leave the comfort and convenience of city life, take her five children to the hardship of life in a little thatched homestead on the edge of a bog, and endure the trials and tribulations of caring for a cantankerous old mother-in-law, she often painfully regretted her mistake.
Isolated in a desolate old shack by a railway line, at the end of a long lane, with only the passing trains and the birds of the bog to break the silence, was no place for a young family, and to survive, she had to call on all her powers of patience, wit and creativity.
Fate, and her own unflinching determination, finally came to her rescue, and she emerged with her dignity intact, her spirit restored, wiser and better prepared for the bright future she so longed for herself, her husband, and her children.

This is the true story of Molly in the primitive Ireland of the fifties. It is also my story. How?
Molly was my mother.

“Inspired by a true story of life in Ireland three generations ago”

“A tearful of Irish childhood memories”

“A heart-warming novel of bygone days in Ireland”

“A glimpse of old Ireland through childhood eyes”

“A beautiful memoir of growing up in the Ireland fifty years ago”

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Ireland, Europe, Killarney, County Kerry, tourists, adults, jaunting, car, pony, trap, horse, carriage, ride, Gap of D. Ireland, Europe, Killarney, County Kerry, tourists, adults, jaunting, car, pony, trap, horse, carriage, ride, Gap of D




A charming, delightful story following one family’s joys and trials living on a small holding in Ireland, in the 1950’s.

Astute and stoical Molly is uprooted from civilized city life to live in a thatched house on the edge of a bog, next to a railway line. The health of her cantankerous, old mother-in-law is failing, so the family have had to up sticks and go to live with her.

Slowly, over the following months, warm and generous-hearted neighbours help the family accumulate pony, trap, hens, etc., to make things easier on the new,young family in their midst.

The vivid and evocative prose conjures up a simplistic way of living that is now gone forever but, thankfully, is lovingly and accurately recorded here by the author. Through it all, the beautiful Irish brogue can be heard singing off the pages, and the warmth and generosity of these lovely people stayed with me long after I finished this book. I’m glad to have had the privilege of knowing them a little, for a short time.

A story as gentle and heart-warming as soft sunshine on an Irish summer’s morn.




Paddy Cummins wrote a beautiful story about a family who work together to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as they make a difficult decision to do right by “family” in old Ireland. I felt like I was striving alongside them, wondering if “we” were going to make it. Such self-sacrifice for the love of another. Such strength of character.

This heartwarming tale is rich in history and I fell in love with this family. The characters are so real, the story so compelling. Upon reading the first page, I was not able to put the book down until I finished.

Paddy Cummins is a great story teller! I can’t wait to read his next book.



A truly heart-warming memoir vividly depicting country life in Ireland in the early 50s. The rich prose immersed me right into the midst of that warm family and community feel in the countryside. Loved every page. A highly recommended read.


5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 20 Aug. 2013
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Really loved this book about old Ireland, so true to life and brilliantly written, only one problem … it was far far too short!
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A lovely memoir 22 Aug. 2013
By Peggy A. Edelheit, Author of The Samantha Jamison Mysteries & French MemoirPublished on Amazon.com
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What a lovely memoir of what it was like growing up in Ireland in the early 50s. Clearly shining through was a strong sense of family and doing what was right. Selfless acts of kindness and generosity was simply a way of country life with both family and community. This one was vividly depicted with care. Paddy made sure he got it right. ‘His’ story comes through on these pages realistically and was penned with a great eye for rich detail. An enjoyable read.
A trip back to a less complicated time 19 Aug. 2013
By HappyreaderPublished on Amazon.com
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This was a wonderful read. Really enjoyed it. A peek back into Ireland in the early 50s when people still used pony and traps and made their own butter, how they relied on each other on their communities etc.

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