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Searching For The Promised Land: An Irishman's American Odyssey

Searching For The Promised Land: An Irishman's American Odyssey

Edward Deevy

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A remarkable story of one Irishman’s experiences of the Promised Land of America

As a newly minted Catholic priest from rural County Laois, Edward Deevy arrived in the American Deep South in 1962, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. To his dismay, he discovered a church doing little in the fight for equality. After leaving the priesthood in 1969 Deevy threw himself into the struggle. Before long he was campaigning in Washington DC for the release of an unjustly imprisoned black colleague, and publicly confronting ‘America’s pastor’, Rev Billy Graham.

After four turbulent years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Deevy moved to Massachusetts and on to careers in mental health advocacy, academia and organizational psychology. Deevy’s public career was punctuated by private sorrow, particularly the death of a brother who took his own life. That shattering event caused Deevy to question his own beliefs and everything about his family’s past. As he struggled for understanding, he came to see that his family’s story had elements common to many others in twentieth century Ireland – particularly the influence of a patriarch and the deep hold of faith and fatherland.

At 70, Edward Deevy retired to Ireland. His story Searching for the Promised Land  is of two societies in transition. It sheds light on Ireland’s recent past and evokes a time that is long gone. It also offers a fascinating glimpse into a tumultuous period in American history. Most of all, it is a deeply personal and moving account of a man making sense of his life as he journeys towards his final destination.

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Author Edward Deevy
Publisher Liffey Press
Publication date 25 Sep 2015
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781908308788

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