WHAT OTHERS SAID
"As a descendant of Irish emigrant ancestors, I bought the book hoping to learn what life was like for my fathers' family. What I found in the book exceeded my expectations. I expected to learn the history of the area, to be informed as well as entertained by the stories of a remote community in Donegal. My hopes were amply fulfilled - I learned far more than I expected, including such matters as the Plantation of Ulster, the Famine, the 1798 Rebellion, the War of Independence and Native Rule affecting the Rosses, and I enjoyed many wonderful stories including most memorably for me, the story of the Arranmore Pearls. What emerges is a history of a people of imagination, strength and courage, a people with artistic and intellectual ability, a people of faith who value Ireland, as well as their independence, their home and land and family, just as my family still does today in the USA.
I have always had a great feeling of pride in my O'Donnell,
Donegal and Ireland heritage. 'The Story of The Rosses' justifies my
pride. I consider the book a must-have for anyone who wants to understand
their Irish heritage. 'The Story of The Rosses' is a great history of
rural Ireland, and fills in the gaps that many of the genealogical community can
only wonder at - beyond names and dates of our ancestors, who were they? what
were their interests? desires, passions, fears and loves? Reading this
book is an experience of knowledge and pride, and I and all Irish are indebted
to Ben O'Donnell for preserving the Story of The Rosses for us."
- Gail O'Donnell, Virginia, USA
Ben O'Donnell has done an outstanding job of collecting data
about the Rosses, and weaving it into a very interesting and informative
book. I learned so much about the area and the people, and have a renewed
appreciation for my ancestors from Arranmore and the difficulties they endured
before coming to America.
- Beverley Miller, California, USA
I've just finished reading The Story of The Rosses. It
was a wonderful book, well written, and a love for the Rosses showing in every
word. The pictures were great!
- Julie Chitwood, Arizona, USA
The book arrived yesterday in excellent condition. I
was surprised it got here so soon. This book is a valuable treasure for
me. It has given me an insight into how my ancestors lived (originally
from Lettermacaward) long ago. I got so engrossed in the book, that I felt
I was back in Ireland.
- Susan Doherty, Melbourne, Australia