May Moran was born in Crossna, Knockvicar, Boyle Co Roscommon. Her childhood home was the original family farmhouse where her uncle, Patrick Moran was born, Patrick is the focus of May’s first book ‘Executed for Ireland – The Patrick Moran Story’.
May was educated at St Patrick’s NS, Knockvicar, Co Roscommon and Mount Sackville Convent, Chapelizod in Dublin she entered the Cluny novitiate in Ferbane, Co Offaly but decided that she didn’t have a vocation. After a time as an Information Officer at The Headquarters of Ireland’s National Transport Agency C.I.E (Coras Iompar Éireann) May went to England and got a job in a private school for a year. From there she achieved a place in Maria Assumpta teacher training college, Kensington Square, London and completed a three year course there. After teaching for a year in St Ursula’s Infant School, Romford, Essex, May returned to Ireland in September 1973 and taught in Palmerstown Boys National School, Dublin and at Kilnamanagh Boys National School, Tallaght (1979-1980). in 1980 May returned to her native Crossna to live next-door to her birth place and that of her Uncle, Patrick Moran and taught at the Convent Primary School in Boyle, Co Roscommon as a Learning Support teacher.
May was also secretary to Arigna Leader Company for five years and is currently secretary of Crossna Community Co-operative Society. Her only previous experience of publishing was in 2006 when the Crossna Community celebrated the centenary of the local Church. Crossna Church Centenary, a commemorative booklet was published to which she contributed a number of articles and old photographs and was the main person responsible for compiling the 192-page book which was featured in the Irish Independent, In Tuition, the CPSE Supplement for Junior Certificate in 2006.
May’s first book Executed for Ireland tells the story of her uncle Patrick Moran one of a small number of men to be executed during Ireland’s War of Independence. In Executed for Ireland, May explores the fascinating and tragic life of her uncle, a man who deserves to be remembered for his part in Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Executed for Ireland is published by Mercier Press, 2010.
We met with May in Crossna, County Roscommon where she discussed her first book and the research she undertook to find out about her uncle’s life.
May will be reading from “Executed for Ireland” in The Reading Room, Carrick-on-Shannon on
Thursday 30th September at 8.00pm!
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