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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Thomas O'Hare served in Charlie Company of the United States Army in 1961 and, at that time, was stationed in Germany. Thomas's father had died just before his enlistment and he'd lost his girlfriend to someone else so that when an occasion came along for Thomas to spend military leave in Ireland, he accepted with delight. He flew to Heathrow in England and on to Dublin, where he was transported to Galway on Ireland's west coast. With joy, Thomas shares with the reader what it was like to dance, sing and have a genuinely good time in that city, Galway, where the term "lynch him" originated with a Mayor Lynch of long ago Galway. Thomas meets Mary O'Grady at a local dance and their relationship is the basis for this memoir, "Galway Romance". Mary and Thomas dance together, shop together, go boating together and fall in love with each other. Do they marry or is this vacation romance to be Thomas's special memory forever?
"Galway Romance" is well-illustrated with color and black and white photographs that are not identified but are clearly of the author's trip to Ireland and especially to Galway and the people that he met there. Most of the book's pages are filled with the account of author O'Hare's brief romance with Mary O'Grady, but there are descriptive passages that tell of Galway's history. There are moments of humor as when the haystack where Thomas and Mary were making love was found to be filled with field mice. Some spelling and punctuation errors need correcting, but otherwise this is a delightful memoir that all will enjoy reading.