In the third episode of our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage, Jack Harte takes us to Lanesboro in Co Longford, and to neighbouring Ballyleague in County Roscommon to highlight his book In The Wake of the Bagger. 

In The Wake of the Bagger is Jack’s first novel, semi autobiographical, it is set both in the Nineteen Fifties, and the  present day.  The novel traces the story of the Dowd family who are uprooted from their home in Killeenduff, Co Sligo, to re-settle as economic migrants in the Midlands, where the industrial development of the Bord Na Mona bogs is providing jobs and opportunities.

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The Writer’s Passage Photographs:

We started our journey at Lanesboro Bridge.


We travelled to the birthplace of Fr. Joseph Mullooly and finished up the journey on a part of the boglands.


The Writer’s Passage is produced by Jho Harris and Sinéad McClure with funding assistance from The Literature Project Award from The Arts Council of Ireland.