On a snowy morning in 1906, Famine refugee Paddy Brennan, steps into a tavern in Boston, Massachusetts. There he encounters the embodiment of the triumphal “New” Irish of Boston in the form of a third generation Irish-American bartender. When arriving on American shores in 1848, Paddy had found the same miseries that he had left behind in Ireland: bigotry, poverty and hatred. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting, this unique narrative incorporates historical details such as the Great Hunger, the rise of the Know-Nothings, Victorian prejudices and the Great Boston Fire of 1872. GO HOME PADDY is also timely as it examines the role of immigration, race relations and religion in American society — hot political topics of today. GO HOME PADDY, a graphic novel of around 200 pages and illustrated using the Victorian simian stereotype of the Irish, is an excellent match for any publishing house that has a line of distinctive graphic novels. A large portion of Go Home Paddy can be read below.
Walsh is currently working on this project and is represented by Peter Ryan at Stimola Literary. Work from the graphic novel will be showcased at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in the Fall/Winter of 2019. Photos and Video of the gallery can be seen below.