Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? By Seamus O’Reilly
2021 saw Seamus O’Reilly’s debut book about childhood loss in Derry made for heartfelt reading called ‘Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?’.
Séamas O’Reilly’s mother died when he was five, leaving him, his ten brothers and sisters and their beloved father in their sprawling bungalow in rural Derry. It was the 1990s; the Troubles were a background rumble (most of the time), and Séamas at that point was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars and the actual location of heaven than the political climate.
The story is seen through Seamus’s innocent narrative as he adapts to life without his leading female role model as well as deal with the guilt and fear of forgetting her and that his father will be taken also.
This story is beautifully written and as it’s set in Northern Ireland and it’s a relatable one that made for genuinely heartwarming reading. Seamus’s father is the real hero of the story, who took on the role of mother/father to 11 children and made a life for them that all children would be envious off.
Packed with heartwarming and funny scenarios that made for laughing and tearful reading as one boy tries to find his place in life and within a huge family. ‘Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?’ Is a sentimental and loving story filled with Northern Ireland charm made for poignant reading.
You can buy ‘Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.