by John Malone
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication Date: September, 2005
Farewell Forever is John Malone's first book, a fascinating page-turner based on the lives of his Irish ancestors, set in pre-Famine County Cavan, Ireland, and ending in 1843 in Western Pennsylvania.
John Malone, a US-born Irish citizen, calls Ireland his "spiritual home" and tries to visit it as often as possible. After a career of more than 30 years of development work in Third World countries, including eight years living with his family in Africa and Asia, he is retired and lives in the mountains of North Carolina.
Born in the remote Cavan townland of Knockaraheen in 1819, Jack Malone, the author's great-great-grandfather, first met his wife, Margaret Burns of Cleggan, as a passenger on the little ferry he and his father operated across Lough Ramor. After a long, difficult courtship, they finally married and said farewell forever to poverty-stricken rural Ireland. Based on their true story, this little book is full of fascinating real-life characters, traditions, places and events. It transports the reader back in time to a carefully researched early 19th century setting, spanning both Ireland and America.
Farewell Forever is available online from Trafford Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders Books and Eason & Son, Ltd. (Ireland); and from most booksellers. ISBN: 1412067022, trade paperback, 23 cm, 149 pages