In 2009, when Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn was released, copies of it quickly circulated throughout my family. Everyone was talking about it. The quiet, powerful story of a young woman leaving her small Irish hometown for an unknown home in America was so eerily similar to the story of our own Rory (my grandmother).
In the book (and in the movie, superbly adapted by Nick Hornby), the main character, Eilis Lacey leaves her mother, sister Rose, and precious little opportunity behind in Enniscorthy to make a new home in Brooklyn in the early 50s.
This story was inspired by my grandmother - Rosanna "Rory" Walsh.Read More