Afternoon of Irish Delights Features Kevin O’Hara Reading from his New Book about Growing Up in Pittsfield

For Immediate Release

March 01, 2010

Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day with an afternoon celebration of Irish delights. On Saturday, March 13, at 3 pm, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Kevin O’Hara will read from his recently published book A Lucky Irish Lad, an evocative and comical memoir of growing up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, during the 1950s and 1960s. He will also read from his popular first book Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, about an 1,800-mile journey around Ireland on foot. Photographs will accompany each reading. A reception with the author will follow featuring the music of the Celtic trio Dublin Porter. Traditional Irish refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

O’Hara’s stories are hilarious yet heartfelt. In A Lucky Irish Lad, O’Hara recreates his boyhood with these wonderful stories of growing up in Pittsfield as one of eight children. His parents, born in Ireland, came to this country for their children’s sake. It is a story about the Irish-American experience but also of a generation growing up in the shadow of the Second World War and the start of a new age of hope and promise, a time when people believed that anything was possible. Last of the Donkey Pilgrims is the warm-hearted story of an Irish-American who goes back to discover his roots. On his unforgettable journey of circling the entire coastline of Ireland walking alongside a donkey and cart, O’Hara meets some of the more colorful examples of Irish wit, humor, (and temper), and through adversity, sheer folly, and some joy, finds out just the sort of fellow he’d become...and the man he could be.

A psychiatric nurse at Berkshire Medical Center for 25 years, O’Hara has read on WAMC Albany and WBUR Boston, and performed at the Berkshire Museum, Stockbridge Library, and the Either/Or Bookstore in Pittsfield. He has also a columnist for The Berkshire Eagle.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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