” A Parish Far From Home” – how Gaelic football brought the Irish in Stockholm closer together.
When the Stockholm Gaels started in 2010 to give Irish ex-pats in the Swedish capital a chance to play Gaelic football, few would have guessed the effect that the club was about to have on the Irish community there. From seven or eight lads kicking a ball around, the club has grown and now has some fifty playing members, male and female, from Ireland, Sweden and beyond.
The book tells the story of how the club came into being, played its first competitive fixtures and awakened a community spirit few thought existed. Written by one of the club’s founder members and players, Philip O’Connor, it is a story of love, loss, sport and friendship that is echoed in Irish communities all over the world.
“The idea for the book was there from the very beginning- I realised pretty early on that we were on to something special with the Gaels, that this was a story that I felt had to be told, especially given how difficult things have gotten in Ireland. Our experience of being a long way from home but still managing to preserve what we hold dear shows that it can be done. It’s not always easy and it doesn’t always go according to plan, but it can be done,” says the author.
You can order your copy directly from the Gill and MacMillan website.