Mary Sheehan Coming Home To Cook

September 3, 2008

Best Selling Cookery Book In Dingle!

Filed under: on the road — admin @ 4:50 pm


On Sunday I headed for one of my favorite places in Ireland – the Dingle Peninsula.  On a visit in 2005 I reconnected with my cousin, James Curran and we became fast friends. James runs the pub/shop on Main st. that our Great Grandfather started and where our cousin Peig Sayers lived and worked. Her “Reflections of an Old Woman.’ was required reading in Irish schools for decades. My Grandmother, Annie Curran, is the little girl, Nan, in the book.  Walking into the pub/shop is walking back in time.  When I arrived, there was a sing song happening, highlighted by a fisherman with a beautiful, strong voice. My favorite was “Barr Na Sraide”, about the rebels of Cahersiveen, one of which was a Sheehan.  James is selling Coming Home To Cook which is displayed right on the counter.  He’s sold quite a few copies which makes it the only Pub in Ireland selling the book.   On monday I did my rounds to the other 6 locations in Dingle that are selling the book. Commodum on Main St. had sold out so I restocked and talked with Mary about doing a Vegetarian Cookery class in Dingle next winter.  Sean Brosnan at Leac a Re on the Quay had also sold out so I restocked.  I met Martin Bealin at Global Village Restaurant on Main St. who organizes the Dingle Food Festival which is held october 3-5. I will be doing a vegetarian cookery demo at 4:45 at St. James Church on Main St. and a book signing at the Dingle Bookshop.   But, the big news came at the Dingle Bookshop where Camilla checked her records and told me Coming Home To Cook is their best selling Cookery Book of the 2008 season! So, it’s exciting and appropriate that I’m doing my first official Book Signing there.  Join me!                            James and i love to take spontaneous road trips so when I finished my rounds we took off for Kenmare.  I restocked at The Kenmare Bookshop and McCarthy’s. As it turns out, Dolly McCarthy knew James uncle, Father John Gerald Curran, who was stationed in Eyeries in the 1960’s, so she was thrilled to meet him and told us many good stories.  As it was still early, we decided to drive out to Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula.  To say that is one of the prettiest and most dramatic landscapes in ireland is an understatement.  Everywhere you go in Ireland there’s a different landscape.  This one can’t be missed. The peninsula is a combination of lush little coves, fishing villages, majestic trees, barren hills, fields of 40 shades of green.  I loved Eyeries, 1/2 way out on the northern side.  It’s a beautiful little coastal village with beautiful, brightly colored houses.   The stars were shining over Dingle as we returned and we actually had a mostly sunny day!                                     Tuesday on my way back to Clare, I dropped a book off at  Radio Kerry and got  a call today from John Greene who will be interviewing me tomorrow (Sept. 4th) at 10:15 on the Morning Show.  John is from West Cork so I’m looking forward to this interview. you can get get it livestream at

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