Author and singer Tara O'Grady. PICTURE RICHARD J VELASCO
A new book ‘Migrating towards Happiness' begins on the day that a former New York Mary from Dungloe lost her job in Manhatten and was hit by a taxi.
Tara O'Grady was born in New York to Irish parents. Her mother Mary Conaghan was from Mountcharles. Mary left Donegal in 1957 and sailed to America.
“I consider myself a Donegal woman despite being born in New York City. I spent every summer of my life on my grandparents' farm in Gortward,” she said.
There is speculation that the singer's new book may be made into a Hollywood film or a Broadway musical.
She believes that on the day that everything seemed to go wrong that she was guided by her grandmothers' spirits to take a symbolic road trip across America to discover if people still believe in the American dream, the one her mother was sent to live in 1957.
Her father's mother, Catherine O'Donnell, whom Tara never met, longed to travel across America. She was married to a Roscommon man who would not allow her to get a driver's licence. So, she got the licence secretly and drove three thousand miles from New York to Seattle.
Tara had one grandmother as she grew up, her Donegal grandmother, who crushed her with love and taught her how to milk cows and pick potatoes.
Tara had very little cash after her job loss but being industrious she made a video sent it to the Chevrolet headquarters and got her car. She brought her best friend Lauren on her journey across America.
Life and meaning
And, on their journey Tara and Lauren discovered, what Tara describes as the true meaning of life.
A talented performer, Tara named all her chapters after the names of country songs.
She will be in Donegal later in June where she will be signing her book.
You can listen to Tara's songs and visit Tara's website online.
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