“And when you’re traveling along,” she concluded, looking out at the passing fields, “think only of the road at your feet and all that surrounds it, for you may well find the road isn’t half long enough when you make your turn for home.”
~Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, Kevin O’Hara, c 2004
Yes, I know this is not a picture of a donkey, but it was a fine pony who worked hard in the Gap of Dunloe and had a kind man who took care of him. As they walked along, the man would talk quietly to the pony and the pony would listen as they traveled the road at their feet. Enjoy the road that God gives today; rocky or smooth…..part of the journey. Slainte, Lisa
“If God gives you the strength, see it through to the end. Mind ye, ‘twould come harder on you to travel the fifteen miles back to your starting point than to walk the thousand-odd miles yet before you.” Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, Kevin O’Hara, c2004
Yes, I’m reading it again. (fourth time through) And yes, I’m loving it again. Who can say what it is about a certain book that makes you love it? All I know is that I’m happy, and smiling, and chuckling just like the first time I read it. And I’m glad of it. Thank you, Kevin O’Hara.
So you might be hearing nuggets of it this week as I rediscover favorite lines along the way. Yay for donkeys! 🙂 Slainte, Lisa
Ok…I am officially excited! I got an email from the “Donkeyman”, Kevin O’Hara, wonderful author of “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims.” If you haven’t read it, read it! It’s a story of his journey around the entire ring of Ireland at the end of the 1970’s. It’s the story of his growth as a person, his relationship with a wonderful donkey named Missy, a glimpse into Irish life at that time, and a wonderful picture of the warmth of the Irish people he encountered along the way. Yes, I just used the word “wonderful” four times, and that was intentional. 🙂
I wrote him to let him know how much I liked the book, and he wrote back graciously and asked for one of my CD’s. Super cool! So now I am happy, and wanted to share some of that bubbly over-enthusiasm with all of you. If you like Ireland, travel stories, donkeys of any kind, and good storytelling, you will love “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims” by Kevin O’Hara.