(Eilis is a feisty young woman, growing up in an Ireland t...)
Eilis is a feisty young woman, growing up in an Ireland that has changed significantly since the days of her grandmother’s youth. But some things do not change: Eilis, too, flouts conventional mores, especially when she decides to have a baby out of wedlock like her grandmother before her. Family fireworks, courtroom drama, and romance ensue. Written with Keady’s characteristic charm and graceful humor, The Altruist is a moving and forceful novel of the heart.
( In 1946 rural Ireland, Brideen Conway has her heart set...)
In 1946 rural Ireland, Brideen Conway has her heart set on Kieran McDermot, but one thing stands in the way of their union. The couple can't afford to marry, and Kieran's curmudgeonly father won't pass down the family farm. Kieran faces the unpleasant possibility of leaving Brideen behind to find his fortune in England. Meanwhile, wealthy pub owner Austin Glynn has more than enough money to offer a substantial dowry, if only someone would take an interest in his daughter Aideen. Kieran's feckless older brother Martin volunteers to take Aideen's hand, though the rest of the village suspects he's interested more in Austin's dowry than in his daughter. When Martin disappears after his proposal and is believed to be dead, the parish priest Father Donovan sets in motion a plot to see Brideen and Kieran wed. After all, so what if the dowry might change hands a few more times than is entirely usual, as long as the couple can tie the knot? In The Dowry, Walter Keady spins a winsome tale in the best traditions of Irish literature, applying a wealth of charm and graceful wit to this story of love, money, and marriage.
Bachelor in Philosphy, National University Ireland, 1960.
Auditor Civil Service, Dublin, 1952-1956. Priest Holy Ghost Missionary Congregation, Florida Paulista, Brazil, 1964-1967. Software engineer International Business Machines Corporation, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1968-1994.
Writer, since 1994.
Board directors, newsletter editor Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Poughkeepsie, 1987-2003. Board member, East Fishking Community Library., since 2006.
Married Patricia Anne Elkins, February 14, 1970. Children: Kate Keady-Dooley, Marygrace Keady Petoff, Juliette. Married Jennifer A. Gazzo, September 6, 2008.