Mary Pat and Catherine will entertain us with a series of untold stories about JFK's visit to Ireland that only the Irish folks know.
About this Event
The Author: Mary Pat Kelly
The Untold Stories of JFK and his trip to Ireland. Mary Pat Kelly will tantalize us with Irish tales and Catherine O'Connell will lull us with beautiful Irish songs.
Mary Pat Kelly is the author of OF IRISH BLOOD and IRISH ABOVE ALL, as well as the bestselling novel GALWAY BAY and SPECIAL INTENTIONS.
She has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures, and as an associate producer with "Good Morning America" and "Saturday Night Live." She also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film Proud, starring Ossie Davis and Stephen Rea, and three award-winning PBS documentaries: To Live for Ireland, Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland and Proudly We Served: The Men of the U.S.S. Mason, the last two based on her books. Kelly's other books include two about the film director Martin Scorsese and GOOD TO GO: The Rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia.
The Singer: Catherine O’Connell
As a singer of traditional Irish music, O'Connell appears regularly at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago and at funerals and weddings throughout the suburbs. Catherine was named St. Patrick's Day Queen by the late Richard J. Daley in 1976 and has sung at many of Daley family gatherings and Chicago events over the years. She developed her distinctive style and dramatic stage presence by performing in dozens of pubs, saloons and cabarets in Chicago, New York and the Caribbean.
Reservations are required for this event: call the Book Stall to reserve your place (847-446-8880). The ULC has a business casual dress code: no denim or athletic wear, please.
In the bestselling tradition of Frank Delaney, Colleen McCullough, and Maeve Binchy comes a poignant historical family saga set against the Famine.
Mary Pat Kelly draws upon family heritage to continue the story of Nora Kelly--begun in Of Irish Blood--with a striking novel of historical fiction in Irish Above All.
Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.