Review by Cian Murphy

A fascinating account of an unusual life, this book tells the true story of Fr. Michael Kickham’s journey from early life in Mullinahone to missionary work in Australia and New Zealand, conflict with church authorities, and the mysterious last chapter of his life in South America.

In his meticulously researched work, Vincent Murphy brings to life the exploits of his grand uncle, and leaves us wondering about the ultimate fate of his relative. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the history of everyday lives, the book vividly illustrates the magnitude of what was involved in leaving home and family as well as the ordinary lives of people living in “the colonies” in the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th.

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