About this Event
Chelsea Green Publishing is proud to partner with the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco to bring you this free virtual event with acclaimed author, social entrepreneur and former member of Ireland’s Council of State Ruairí McKiernan. With thanks to Culture Ireland for support with publicity and promotion. Guest musician will be Michigan-based Dublin folk musician Enda Reilly.
Originally from Cootehill in County Cavan, McKiernan now lives in Lahinch, County Clare, on the wild west coast of Ireland. His debut book Hitching for Hope – a Journey into the Heart and Soul of Irelandwas recently published by US publisher Chelsea Green and went straight to number 1 in the Irish Times paperback non-fiction bestseller charts.
Described as a ‘powerful manifesto for hope and healing in troubled times’, Hitching for Hope is part personal pilgrimage, and part political quest that captures the power of human resilience’. The book is a reflection of a hitchhiking listening tour McKiernan undertook around Ireland during the bleak 2013 recession, while he was contemplating the prospect of emigration. The book is also a memoir reflecting on his 20 years’ work as a trailblazing social leader in Ireland and it is very much a timely celebration of the value of community spirit, kindness and collective action in today’s troubled world.