Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? Remarkably funny exploration of childhood grief

Book review: Séamas O’Reilly pens wonderful tribute to his late mother and devoted father

Séamas O’Reilly’s family. O’Reilly is one of 11 children and their mother died when he was five years old

Séamas O’Reilly’s family. O’Reilly is one of 11 children and their mother died when he was five years old

The writer Séamas O’Reilly has won widespread affection in recent years for his weekly column with the Observer on parenting and his articles on politics and media for The Irish Times, New Statesman and the New York Times.

He has also established himself as a joyously absurd presence online, and especially on Twitter through endeavours such as “Remembering Ireland”. This parody of Irish nostalgia sites featured invented moments from Irish history and viral threads recounting events from his own life, such as the night he had to serve drinks to his boss and Mary McAleese while high on ketamine.

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.