Did ye hear Mammy died? -- Halloween -- Mother's day -- Numbers -- This one time daddy lifted a car -- An entire chapter about dogs and priests -- Fermanagh -- The forge -- Fame! -- Jeremy -- The Grant North Atlantic Home-Taped VHS Archive -- Notable explosions, 1988-2005 -- Dead and dying cows.
Séamas O'Reilly's mother died when he was five, leaving him, his ten (!) brothers and sisters, and their beloved father in their sprawling bungalow in rural Derry. It was the 1990s; the Troubles were a background rumble, but Séamas was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars, and the actual location of heaven than the political climate. ƯAn instant bestseller in Ireland, Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a book about a family of loud, argumentative, musical, sarcastic, grief-stricken siblings, shepherded into adulthood by a man whose foibles and reticence were matched only by his love for his children and his determination that they would flourish.