Winners Of The Five Copies of Heartscald by Alphie McCourt

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway for copies of  Heartscald: A Collection of Verses, Songs and Chronicles by Alphie McCourt.

It was lovely to read your wonderful feedback on the many books by the McCourt brothers. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments.


Alphie McCourt

A big thank you to Alphie McCourt and Pillar International Publishing for graciously providing two paperback copies and three electronic copies of this book for our lucky winners……


Mary Sullivan – Paperback Copy

Cynthia Scroggins – Paperback Copy

Robert Tully – Electronic Copy

Brian – Electronic Copy

Marie Hall – Electronic Copy


Here are a few snippets from some of the comments left on the giveaway page.


“I love all things Irish and look forward to reading Mr McCourt’s book.”


“I have a bookshelf full of McCourt books. I have all of Franks

and , at least, three of Malachy’s. How I wish I could have met

them and shared a Guinness or two.”


“What I remember most of Alphie are his askewed quotations such as :

“Better to be right and out on the street than to be half right and warm .”

“Say nothing and keep saying it .”

And my favorite : 

“We march at dawn unless there’s no bagels.” “


Thanks to everyone for these great insights.

Alphie McCourt stopped by to explain how he received the title of poet amongst all the McCourt brothers:


“I have been saddled with the word poetry because brother

Frank told Dominic Taylor at the Limerick Writers Centre in

Limerick that I was the poet in the family. By the time it came to

my attention Frank was dead. Otherwise I would have sued him

for defamation of character. People fear famine, floods, disease,

torture-even death itself- but they fear nothing more than

poetry. Me too. And so my stuff is mostly verse.”


In typical Irish self-deprecating fashion, Alphie McCourt may deem his lyrical writings simply verse, but his words are poetry to my ears.

Congratulations to all our winners.  I’ll send e-mails to arrange sending of each person’s prize.

A big thanks to everyone who commented and supported this giveaway.  I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Go Raibh Maith Agaibh

(Thank You)

Irish American Mom



  1. I have always enjoyed the gift of writing by the McCourt brothers. I was introduced through Frank McCourt’s book Angela’s Ashes. Congrats to everyone who won!!!

    • Chris – The McCourt brothers are all truly gifted writers, each with their own unique voice to share with the world. So happy to hear you enjoy their writing.
      Best wishes,

  2. Mairead, thanks for sharing Alphie’s comments on being called a poet and poetry in general. Made me smile :)

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