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We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood

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We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood

Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy and back-breaking.

It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland.

WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN'T KNOW IT recounts Tom’s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities.

We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood
by Tom Phelan

  • Publication Date: March 5, 2019
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • ISBN-10: 1501197096
  • ISBN-13: 9781501197093