Enjoy These Great Books – Wonderful Gifts for anyone with Ballina/Mayo/West of Ireland connection


Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls  – From Workhouse to Australia (1848-50) & Convict

“Finally getting around to emails, etc sent over Christmas period re Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls. Let me share three from overseas…”The book is wonderful…your knowledge of Ireland’s rich history and dedication to the research involved in beyond amazing!” S.H. Buffalo, New York

“Your creative mind has brought to light a period in Irish history which shows the strength of Irish character. You have made my year.” L.T., Melbourne

“0n receiving the book in the mail I sat for hours browsing through a really engrossing book. It’s so sad and yet so beautiful.” C.A, Australia


Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls tells the story of 137 youngsters from Mayo, the majority orphans, sent to Australia from Irish workhouses 1848-50. The girls speak and through their voices we learn of their dreadful famine experiences, workhouse life, the voyage to Australia, and what became of them. Based on fact and extensive research.

Of the book, former President Mary Robinson says: “I recall being moved by seeing the memorial to Irish orphan girls in Australia in 2002, but Terry Reilly has done more to restore their dignity and worth with a poignant account of the stark circumstances, and how these girls coped with both resilience and courage.”

Leading historian Turtle Bunbury describes the book as featuring “real people, real events from the Irish Famine and how the resilience of the orphan girls shone through in the end in far away Australia”.

One of the great experts on the orphan girls story, Australian historian and writer, Trevor McClaughlin in tribute says: “A lifetime’s labour of love that is so compelling you can relive the young women’s sadness, and their dreams.”

Available In local shops:

Ballina: Eason and Pastoral Centre
Foxford: Foxford Woollen Mills
Castlebar: Castle Books and Easons
Claremorris: Smyths
Swinford: Melletts
Charlestown: Knock Airport
Westport: Seamus Duffy and MacLoughlins
Bellmullet: Lorraine Careys

Limited edition Hardback, all copies signed by author. 360 Pages.

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Ballina – One Town, Three Wars & More

432 pages of life in the Ballina/North Mayo/West Sligo and further afield. Hardback with photos and multimedia links (QR coding) to relive the moment. Really special production with comprehensive Index. It will surprise, shock, inform and entertain the reader with a narrative covering the period of your parents and grandparents. Digital version also available to download (choose from PDF, epub and emobi).

Hardback price includes postage and packaging worldwide.



All prices include p&p. An opportunity not to be missed as prices slashed.
Wonderful gift for anyone with any connection to the town  of Ballina and district.

Amazing Mayo Stories: Total €20
Wing and Prayer: Total €20
Dear Old Ballina: Total: €20
Green Above The Red (Compilation of Mayo’s greatest Football Triumphs, 1985.  €15
Rambling Tour of Dear Old Ballina (with street maps, etc)  €9
DVD: Ballina:  The Town We Love So Well  (wonderful tales and songs on this marvellous history tour).  €8

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Browse and buy Terry Reilly’s collection of published books, which are all available for sale via PayPal.

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Digital photographs of landmarks in Ballina, and surrounding regions are available from my collection, with accompanying historical text.

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Visit the blog of Terry Reilly and browse through a vast selection of articles on a large selection of topics.

IMPORTANT! CHRISTMAS ORDER NOTICE: All Orders for Christmas MUST be with author by December 4th. No book despatches for Christmas/early New Year after that date.

On a Wing and a Prayer! An ideal Xmas Present! Signed copies of the book (and other books by Terry Reilly) …for paypal facilities see The Books Section Of This Site Also on sale Castle Book Shop, Castlebar; Easons and Clarkes, Ballina, Knock Airport and Knock Shrine.

Ballina-One-Town-mini-posterTerrys Latest Book

432 pages of life in the Ballina/North Mayo/West Sligo and further afield. Hardback with photos and QR coding to relive the moment. Really special production with comprehensive Index. It will surprise, shock, inform and entertain the reader with a narrative covering the period of your parents and grandparents.

Digital download version – Printed hardback version

terry_reilly_photoAbout Terry Reilly

Terry Reilly is a native of Ballina, population 10,000, in North Mayo in the province of Connaught. Editor of the Western People for nearly 30 years, his first book, The Green Above The Red, (1985) written in association with the late Ivan Neill, chronicles the successes of Mayo Gaelic games. Again, rare photos as great deeds of our football heroes leap from the pages.

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