Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys,
a new book by Irish travel writer John Mulligan.

Published by The Connaught Telegraph.

First published in January 2007

Reprinted by popular demand in May 2007


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"An extraordinary story of grit and determination." -- Ruth Delany.

In the early 1860s four young men left their family's smallholding in the West of Ireland and set out to walk the 120 or so miles to Dublin. This was the first leg of a journey that brought them to New Zealand, where they found themselves at the centre of an extraordinary story.

Nearly a hundred and fifty years later the author set out to walk the same route, and in doing so he found time to consider the story of the four Flannerys and their achievements. This book is not just his story, but theirs as well, and even by modern day standards it is an amazing tale.

Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys details the author's trek across Ireland, first tracing the Royal Canal Way from Dublin to the River Shannon, and then continuing onwards to the West Coast at Newport in County Mayo. The book will be of interest to anyone who wants to walk either the Royal Canal Way or the longer coast-to-coast route; it is a detailed description of the topography and terrain, interspersed with interesting snippets of canal and railway history. As he walks, the author unfolds the incredible story of four farm boys fleeing poverty in post-famine Ireland, overcoming almost impossible odds to follow their dream.

10-digit ISBN: 1-906017-00-X
13-digit ISBN: 978-1-906017-00-2

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All of the royalties and profits from the sale of this book are being donated to the Aurelia Trust,  a non-profit Irish NGO that works to improve the lives of abandoned and at-risk children in Eastern Europe.