Finally Meeting "Princess Maud"
From around the Second World War onwards, a new migration from the West of Ireland began, to the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere, many making the journey in the ship The Princess Maud. In this trailblazer of a book, in the sense that it concerns settling in England, Seamus Dunleavy relates his fascinating life story to biographer, Shirley Thompson. He is assisted by his wife Mary and his three children, Tracey, Shamus and Russell. Born one of nine children, into an impoverished Charlestown family, Seamus has tackled all manner of difficulties, including an attempt on his life, with a determination that reflects the rugged Mayo landscape from which he hails. His imagination and humour mirror the sea, lakes and skies of his homeland, with mystical tales of banshees and fairy forts. After emigrating to England at the age of seventeen, Seamus became a famous wrestler, in company with his brother, Mickey, and eventually, a highly successful businessman. He has built a permanent life in England, for himself and his family, but keeps in touch with his roots, via frequent trips back to Charlestown. This is a story not to be missed!
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"Amongst those who made their mark so resolutely was Seamus Dunleavy. With the strength of an ancient warrior, yet has he the speech of the seannachai. His tales about the Charlestown days, about the donkeys and the fleas, teachers and characters, handball and tossing school, draw us to an older world, whilst his stories about his wrestling, night clubs, pubs and hotels, take us to a newer and more tangible world. Like the country from which he hails, Seamus stands in the present, beckons to the future and harks to the past. And as proud as he is to be a Mayoman, he is as proud to be an Irish Brummie." Professor Carl Chinn, M.B.E"