Ballina & Area People


My latest book, a limited signed edition, Ballina & Area People is out mid-January 2021 and features greats who were from or are connected with the area Amongst those featured are (in alphabetical order):

  • President Joe Biden, 46th President of the USA
  • Rory Bourke, top songwriter in the USA
  • Bravery in WWI and India
  • (Patrick Hennigan and friends in WWI trenches)
  • Jackie Clarke and his truly amazing collection
  • Cyril Collins, prime enhancer of Belleek Wood
  • Andy Corcoran, great Stephenite captain, lost and now found
  • Jim Donnelly, extraordinary footballer and coach
  • Monsignor Fachtna Joseph Harte, builder of beautiful Florida Basilica
  • Dick Hearns, athlete, footballer, boxer, trainer
  • Pat Herbert, collector of radio oddities
  • Richard M. Hooley, US theatrical entrepreneur
  • Dr Kathleen Lynn, 1916 Rising and children’s hospital
  • John McDonnell, most successful ever US college athletics coach
  • Sarah McElroy, the woman behind Sir Alexander Fleming
  • Sr Mary McNulty and others on mission fields
  • Arthur Muffeny, one of Ballina’s greatest campaigners
  • Fr Patrick Peyton, Rosary Crusader, preached to over 28 million
  • Sr Alphonsus Preston, matron Ballina Hospital 
  • Jimmy Ralph, one of nature’s great gentlemen.
  • President Mary Robinson,  Ireland’s first woman president 
  • PJ Ruttledge, freedom fighter and Government Minister
  • William Joyce Sewell, decorated US Civil War hero
  • William E Shannon, a leading abolitionist in California
  • Leslie Stuart, another famous musical figure
  • William Vincent and Eliza Wallace, Rock Stars of 19 century
  • Edward Whelan, Father of Canadian Confederation
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