A Christmastime dinner conversation about his ancestors led author Terence O’Leary on a two-year journey to recreate the heartbreak of the Irish Potato Famine and the triumph of the Irish who survived the journey across the Atlantic on the infamous famine ships. Mr. O’Leary discussed the writing process and research involved in creating his historical fiction novel, “Irish Crossings”.

Terence O’Leary, an Irish-American author, was born in Chicago, Illinois, but has spent his teenage and adult life in Northwest Ohio. A graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in Journalism, English and Psychology, O’Leary’s 4 critically acclaimed, realistic coming-of-age novels focus on teenagers facing a family crisis.

The lecture was part of Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning Program.

Support for Knowledge Stream is provided, in part, by a generous gift from the Bill Beck Family Fund of Ottawa County Community Foundation, an Affiliate Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation.