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Historical Fiction

The First Rose of Tralee
Patricia O’Reilly

Ireland in the mid-eighteen hundreds was a place of great riches, great poverty and political turmoil.

The Mulchinocks lived in style, the O’Connors in poverty and Daniel O’Connell held monster political rallies.

And then William Mulchinock and Mary O’Connor fell in love. He wrote for her the perennial Rose of Tralee Ballad, anthem of the Festival.

This is the spellbinding account of the young girl as beautiful as she was innocent whose attributes live on in the annual Rose of Tralee International Festival – celebrating sixty years of success.