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from Kyle O'Connor - 20/03/14

Good evening, or perhaps morning when you read this, Sean. I'm Kyle O'Connor, my Great-Grandfather was Christopher O'Connor, brother to your Grandfather William O'Connor.

My aunt Veronica O'Connor had forwarded my the family tree that you had compiled. I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for your effort and diligence in charting our shared heritage. I emigrated from Ireland in 2003 and currently live just outside Boston with my wife Katy and our two Beautiful daughters Bridget (3) and Kierstyn (1). I had recently attempted, via, to chart my family tree but had little/zero success. I was astounded to find that it had been completed for me!

I arrived home from work today to find your book had been delivered and I will be poring over the pages for the next week or so. I am already fascinated and intrigued to learn of the O'Connor's history in Dublin. I remember as a boy my father telling me of such relatives and I have vague memories of some relatives visiting with my Granfather Dermot's twin brother Brendan in Lurgan, Co Armagh. The Dublin accent is quite unique, even to the ears of a child!

Thank you Sean.


Kyle O'Connor


from Vera Hughes - 05/03/14

Dear Mr. O'Connor,

My warmest congratulations on your book 'Growing Up So High', which I read last year, and found a joy from start to finish. You captured the atmosphere of your childhood on the southside with its characters, shops, relatives, school friends and all the ups and downs of growing up, with great candour and honesty, that I found disarming and most readable.

What intrigues me is how such a young lad could remember with such clarity and preciseness the names of the streets, the people, the businesses, early schooldays and things that happened so many years ago.. It is indeed a great gift to have been so observant at such an early age. And what a handsome little chap you were in the cover photo!

Incidentally, the title of your book brings me back to my own schooldays in a small country Primary school in Co. Sligo, where we sang, or rather chanted during playtime in the yard --

"Wall flowers, Wall flowers, growing up so high,
We're all little children, and we must die,
except [naming someone in the class] She's the very one.
She can sing and she can dance,
and turn her face to the wall again."

It would be most interesting should you write a sequel to your book recounding your later life.

Once again my thanks for having given this reader so much pleasure.


Vera Hughes


from Ray McDonald - 02/03/14

Dear Sean

My brother Aidan sent me a copy of your wonderful book that once I started to read, just could not put down. Oh my what a read! It was gripping, nostalgic and oh so real for me. It transported me back all those years ago and I have really enjoyed reliving the memories.

I remember Brother Devane so well and Tom O’Neill "so very tall” Olly O’Brien and how we used to look forward to a story from Brendan Kelly, he was a gifted story teller.

I must thank you for my mention it’s nice to be immortalised. I always went to see Dal in Johns Lane on my visits home, I live ion in Torquay now. Very shortly I will be back in Dublin and together with my brothers Christy and Aidan all Francis Street boys, we intend to make a nostalgic return visit to the Liberties and recall those happy times and places. You really don’t know what you’ve started, your book will make Francis Street School and the Liberties even more famous and i’m sure that everyone who reads your it will be truly proud of you. Well done.


Ray McDonald


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