"Westport The Tear and The Smile" is a book of nostalgia, laughter and tears, that recalls a time when Westport was young but growing! A Westport that died when material things mattered over friend and neighbour.
You will meet the characters, hear their "Cant" and "Rowlin" and feel their zest for life and laughter. God was their best friend and they were 'wide' to the ways of the Lord! It's an era that has passed and may never come again but it has left its memories, its "Tears and Its Smiles".
They were tough times that shaped the manly men who rode life's punch and kept on swinging to life's end, with an unbounded faith in "Himself".
You will enjoy this trip through time that tells of tribal life in West Mayo when children ran bare-footed and free - and God was their playmate.
"The children are scattered - the old folk are gone" - and things will never be the same again!
Introduction by Jarlath Duffy
The Famine Years and Tears
Cathair na Mart
Barrack Hill, Prospect Avenue, John's Row
Church Lane & Quay Road
St Mary's Crescent