Ballina and Area People – another captivating work from the pen of distinguished writer and historian Terry Reilly

Engrossing production takes readers on a journey of discovery with compelling and thought-provoking volume

Page after page of enrapturing detail

Sligo News File 

Fresh from the publishers, Ballina and Area People is yet another captivating work from the pen of distinguished writer and historian, Terry Reilly. Full of intrigue, the author – renowned for his numerous and engrossing productions on the history of Ballina and its region –  this time takes readers on a journey of discovery with a compelling and thought-provoking volume they will find hard to put down.

Fascinating chapters focus on such as the ‘disappearance’ of Ballina Stephenites’ greatest ever captain; the life and place of the Mayo ancestors of US President-elect, Joe Biden, and the famed Jim Donnelly, coach to famous European soccer teams.

Page after page is packed full of enrapturing detail:

 Could Alexander Fleming have made his discovery without the help of his Kilfian-born wife, Sarah McElroy?

Who is a much-decorated US songwriter and Grand Ole Opry Hall of Famer, Rory Bourke?

What Mayo man served late-night drinks to Winston Churchill’s daughter, Sarah?

Who was Mayo’s most outstanding all-round athlete?

Rosary priest Fr Patrick Peyton and helping hand from US CIA

The area’s great missionaries and Robben Island anecdote

What Ballina man was a  pioneer in abolishing slavery in California

And that’s not the half of it….

It’s a limited edition, hardcover, price 20 euro, with an illuminating bookmarker.

Amongst those featured are: 

President Joe Biden, 46th President of the USA; Rory Bourke, top songwriter in the USA;

Jackie Clarke and his truly amazing collection; Cyril Collins, prime enhancer of Belleek Wood; Andy Corcoran, great Stephenite captain, lost and now found; Jim Donnelly, extraordinary footballer and international coach; Monsignor Fachtna Joseph Harte, builder of beautiful Basilica; Dick Hearns, athlete, footballer, boxer, trainer; Patrick Hennigan and friends in WWI trenches (amended to Bravery in WW1 & India); Pat Herbert, collector of radio oddities and acquaintance of Winston Churchill’s daughter; Richard M. Hooley, theatrical entrepreneur in the US + Jack Cunningham and Paddy Stephens; Dr Kathleen Lynn, her role in 1916 Rising and children’s hospital; John McDonnell, most successful ever US college athletics coach; Sarah McElroy, the woman behind Sir Alexander Fleming;  Sr Mary McNulty and others on mission fields; Arthur Muffeny, one of Ballina’s greatest campaigners; Fr Patrick Peyton, Rosary Crusader, preached to over 28 million; Sr Alphonsus Preston, legendary matron Ballina Hospital; Jimmy Ralph, one of nature’s loveable  gentlemen; President Mary Robinson, Ireland’s first woman president; PJ Ruttledge, freedom fighter and Government Minister; William Joyce Sewell, decorated US Civil War hero; William E Shannon, leading abolitionist in California; Leslie Stuart, another famous musical figure; William Vincent and Eliza Wallace,  Rock Stars of the 19 century; and  Edward Whelan, Father of Canadian Confederation. 

Signed copies of this limited hardcover edition available online from author (click on Bookstore) and

Outlets include Easons, and Ernie Caffrey, Garden Street, Ballina,  Jackie Clarke Collection,  Ballina Tourist Office, Mayo Books, Castle Street, Castebar, etc.  For further details email  Price 20 euro.

Terry Reilly is author of Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls, Sent to Australia 1848-50, the central character in the book is Winnie Nealis who was born in Skreen, Co Sligo and ended up in Ballina Workhouse before being sent to Australia. Limited copies are still available. Other books by the author include Dear Old Ballina, On A Wing and a Prayer (Monsignor Horan and the building of Knock Airport), Amazing Mayo Stories, Ballina, One Town, Three Wars & More.