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Author Maura Mulligan reads from her book Call of the Lark (Westport Library)

Date(s): July 31st, 2013 6.30pm

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Call of the Lark, A Memoir by Maura Mulligan is an immigration story that contrasts the old world with the new.  In this powerful memoir Maura Mulligan takes us behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s and brings alive a nun's story that is both revealing and redemptive. But Call of the Lark is much more. It is also a chronicle of life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 50s, a testament to the challenges of emigration to the United States, and a portrait of one woman's strength and determination to forge a fulfilling life.

Born in County Mayo, Ireland, Maura Mulligan worked on the family farm, danced on stage, and served pints in a pub. In America, she became a telephone operator and, later, a nun. Leaving religious life after sixteen years of service, she taught Irish language and dance and appeared on stage as a dancer and actor.  Her writing has appeared in the Irish Times, Irish America, The Irish Echo and the Irish Examiner amongst others.

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