In the ninth episode of our series of  free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage, Author Kate Kerrigan takes us to the real town that influences the fictious setting for her book Ellis Island.  We join Kate in Kilkelly, County Mayo as she tells us why this town is so important to her story, both in her writing and in her past.   We start this episode in DJ’s cafe on the main street, taking refuge from a rather wet day in Mayo.

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The Writer’s Passage Photographs

A selection of photos taken on the journey, the first image shows the signpost on the outskirts of  Kilkelly and the second image, Kilkelly Town.


Aghamore Cemetery and Kate wrapped up for the weather at it’s gates.


The Writer’s Passage is produced by All Points West Media Services with funding assistance from the Literature Project Award of the Arts Council of Ireland.