Passage to Inis Mór

Could a Legend Save a Life?

Passage to Inis Mór

Could a Legend Save a Life?

Passage to Inis Mór

Could a Legend Save a Life?

Passage to Inis Mór by Brian O'Raleigh

When 38-Year-old Conner O’Rourke arrives in Ireland after an absence of thirty years, his life is in bits. His marriage has fallen apart, his advertising agency in Australia is bankrupt, and he’s hearing poetic voices in his mind urging him to return to his childhood home, the remote Island of Inis Mór.

His grandmother has contacted him, saying that she is dying and must speak with him, but when he arrives on Inis Mór, a hauntingly lonely, starkly beautiful island in Galway Bay, she has already passed, leaving him a cottage and a dilapidated old sailing boat. A mysterious old stranger appears, offering to help rebuild the boat and, as they work together, the old man tells Conner stories of Ireland. Stories of the Selkies, (the seal people) stories of Irishmen sailing around Cape Horn, stories of the Banshee and Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster. Legends of courage, purpose, and passion that could help redeem Conner’s broken life, if only he can muster the courage to follow his heart.

 

“O’Raleigh’s new book: Passage to Inis Mór – reminds one of the great Irish writers, such as Sean O’Faolain and Benedict Kiely.” Frank O’Shea – The Australian Irish Echo.

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Passage to Inis Mór by Brian O'Raleigh

When 38-Year-old Conner O’Rourke arrives in Ireland after an absence of thirty years, his life is in bits. His marriage has fallen apart, his advertising agency in Australia is bankrupt, and he’s hearing poetic voices in his mind urging him to return to his childhood home, the remote Island of Inis Mór.

His grandmother has contacted him, saying that she is dying and must speak with him, but when he arrives on Inis Mór, a hauntingly lonely, starkly beautiful island in Galway Bay, she has already passed, leaving him a cottage and a dilapidated old sailing boat. A mysterious old stranger appears, offering to help rebuild the boat and, as they work together, the old man tells Conner stories of Ireland. Stories of the Selkies, (the seal people) stories of Irishmen sailing around Cape Horn, stories of the Banshee and Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster. Legends of courage, purpose, and passion that could help redeem Conner’s broken life, if only he can muster the courage to follow his heart.

 

“O’Raleigh’s new book: Passage to Inis Mór – reminds one of the great Irish writers, such as Sean O’Faolain and Benedict Kiely.” Frank O’Shea – The Australian Irish Echo.

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Passage to Inis Mór by Brian O'Raleigh

When 38-Year-old Conner O’Rourke arrives in Ireland after an absence of thirty years, his life is in bits. His marriage has fallen apart, his advertising agency in Australia is bankrupt, and he’s hearing poetic voices in his mind urging him to return to his childhood home, the remote Island of Inis Mór.

His grandmother has contacted him, saying that she is dying and must speak with him, but when he arrives on Inis Mór, a hauntingly lonely, starkly beautiful island in Galway Bay, she has already passed, leaving him a cottage and a dilapidated old sailing boat. A mysterious old stranger appears, offering to help rebuild the boat and, as they work together, the old man tells Conner stories of Ireland. Stories of the Selkies, (the seal people) stories of Irishmen sailing around Cape Horn, stories of the Banshee and Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster. Legends of courage, purpose, and passion that could help redeem Conner’s broken life, if only he can muster the courage to follow his heart.

“O’Raleigh’s new book: Passage to Inis Mór – reminds one of the great Irish writers, such as Sean O’Faolain and Benedict Kiely.” Frank O’Shea – The Australian Irish Echo.

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Author Brian O'Raleigh

ABOUT THE Author

Brian O’Raleigh

Brian O’Raleigh was born to Irish parents and raised in the seaside resort town of Blackpool, UK. He began writing in 2010 and has published five books, two of which, Waiting for Walter, and Waking Walter, are memoirs. He now lives between Ireland, Australia, and the Island of Bali, where he has built a home in the hills for himself, his wife, Kadek, their Irish Wolfhound Cú-Chulainn, and two spoiled cats. Read more

Author Brian O'Raleigh

ABOUT THE Author

Brian O’Raleigh

Brian O’Raleigh was born to Irish parents and raised in the seaside resort town of Blackpool, UK. He began writing in 2010 and has published five books, two of which, Waiting for Walter, and Waking Walter, are memoirs. He now lives between Ireland, Australia, and the Island of Bali, where he has built a home in the hills for himself, his wife, Kadek, their Irish Wolfhound Cú-Chulainn, and two spoiled cats. Read more

Author Brian O'Raleigh

ABOUT THE Author

Brian O’Raleigh

Brian O’Raleigh was born to Irish parents and raised in the seaside resort town of Blackpool, UK. He began writing in 2010 and has published five books, two of which, Waiting for Walter, and Waking Walter, are memoirs. He now lives between Ireland, Australia, and the Island of Bali, where he has built a home in the hills for himself, his wife, Kadek, their Irish Wolfhound Cú-Chulainn, and two spoiled cats. Read more

Other Books by Brian O’Raleigh

Poetry of Inis Mór

The poems on the following pages were neither planned nor intended. They came rushing out one day in a café by a beach, on the Island of Bali, Indonesia, as if impelled by some other hand. My intention that day had been to begin writing a new book, Passage to Inis Mór. instead, I wrote the following poems.

Waiting for Walter

Brian O’Raleigh never knew why his family fled Ireland but he learned early to escape his father’s demonic rages by slipping away from the Alexandra Private Hotel to the beach and the Kathleen R, the fishing boat that was to become his refuge and his sanctuary.

Waking Walter

In 2011, Dr Graham Baker was therapist and confidant to some of Hollywood’s major players. Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, and Cher, were among a host of celebrities he claimed had either read his books or attended his workshops. And, with his TV series nominated for major awards, it was clear that this charismatic, ‘Guru to the Glitterati’ had struck a profound and resonant chord in the hearts and minds of Middle America.

Cover for Quest for Meaning by Brian O'Raleigh

Passage to Inis Mor

When 38-Year-old Conner O’Rourke arrives in Ireland after an absence of thirty years, his life is in bits. His marriage has fallen apart, his advertising agency in Australia is bankrupt, and he’s hearing poetic voices in his mind urging him to return to his childhood home, the remote Island of Inis Mór. 

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Passage to Inis  Mór

“O’Raleigh’s new work: Passage to Inis Mór – reminds one of great Irish writers, such as Sean O’Faolain and Benedict Kiely.”

 

– The Irish Echo    (Australia)

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Waiting for Walter

“From raw and compelling prose, a moving portrait emerges of Brian. From cowed child to fierce rebel and finally to an adult battling his own inner demons. This is a finely crafted memoir.”

Australian Womens Day