O’Hara exhibit chronicles Donkey Pilgrimmage

Local Author and 2012 John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Award Winner Kevin O’Hara kindly shares some of his collection with library patrons in a display available for viewing through the end of November. on the Athenaeum’s Main Floor.

The collection includes photos of the Emerald Isle and postcards to loved ones, as well as currency and coins of the time. 


A bronzed shoe that belonged to Missie,  O’Hara’s faithful companion on his 1979 journey through Ireland, shares space with other mementos.


On view are pages from the author’s exhaustive  journal, where he chronicled this once-in-a-lifetime journey, captured over twenty years later  in his memoir, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims.

In a recent library visit to put the final touches on the display, the modest O’Hara remarked he liked sharing “his collection” and hoped others would be inspired to do the same. We thank Mr O’Hara for his generosity.


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One Response to O’Hara exhibit chronicles Donkey Pilgrimmage

  1. blovison says:

    Regretting that I’m almost at the end of “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims”, I was delighted to see Kevin O’Hara’s display of artifacts acquired during his journey. The book has inspired me to continue to explore my Irish heritage (County Fermanagh), and a long ago trip that included the Giant’s Causeway on a blustery day (sans donkey!), still remains a place of spiritual contentment in my heart. All hail O’Hara!
    Bonita Lovison

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