Many of the people who lived in the early 1900s around Tierworker are featured in the photos in this article. We need help to identify students at the old national school at Edendugally in 1913. Fortunately, Willie O'Brien at age 95 is able to identify many of the students in Edengora National School in the 1920s. We only have a few names of women and men of Tierworker who went on an excursion of pioneers in the 1930s
These 300 autobiographical pages (retail price $29.95 CAD), with index of people and places in Ireland and Canada, is a true celebration - even a love story - of the Irish and Canadian people. It is a happy story, not another saga of a miserable Irish childhood, but rather a positive outlook on living, loving, and dying. It is the journey of the author and his late wife of 42 years, Nancy Milner, as they meet for the first time at one of Dublin's many dance halls and emigrate from Ireland in the 1950s to raise their family and live their lives in Canada.
The Eyes That Shone - from Ireland to Canada in the 1950s
But a word of warning! The Eyes That Shone is not a saga filled with horrible tragedy and dysfunctional relationships, but rather a celebration of family lives in Ireland and Canada, in other words, a happy story featuring:
Memories of life on small farms in Ireland before 1950 and before tractors and electrification, when growing food depended largely on human sweat and muscle
Recollections about people and events in the Department of Public Works of Canada where the author worked during the period 1957 to 1991
Intimate perspectives on living and dying, politics and religion, home and family