Homecoming launch of Newry author’s debut novel

May 11, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

A Newry author who immigrated to America more than thirty years ago has returned to her native home this week to launch her new book.

‘The Yellow House’ is the debut novel of Patricia Falvey – originally from Newry and now living in Dallas, Texas.

Over the years, Patricia has always made regular trips to the area to visit close family members, especially her sister, Connie Mathers.  However, this trip to officially launch her book in her hometown is particularly poignant as she feels her life has come full circle from where she spent the early years of her life.

Set in the south Armagh area in the early 1900s against the backdrop of the Irish Uprising, ‘The Yellow House’ reflects many personal stories recounted to the author by her grandmother, Ellen Toner.

Patricia describes the book as a tribute to her late grandmother, who lived in what was commonly known as ‘the yellow house’ in Bessbrook, and with whom Patricia lived until she was eight years old.

She also dedicates the book to her birthplace from where, as a youngster, she was taken ‘against her will’ to live in England and since then has ‘always felt the need to mend that.’

As seen through the eyes of a young girl living in the midst of those turbulent times in Irish history, this fictional novel brings to life the conflicts leading up to the birth of the border that divided the island of Ireland.

The author

Patricia Falvey was born in Newry, County Down and was raised there and in England before immigrating alone to the United States at the age of twenty.

Until recently, she served as a Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, where she led a national tax consulting practice. She earned national recognition as a tax expert for the insurance industry and was a frequent speaker at industry conferences. She is a CPA with a Masters Degree in Taxation.

Over the years she participated in numerous writing seminars, and in June 2007, Patricia finally made the decision to leave her position with PWC at the pinnacle of her career and devote herself full time to her first love – writing. THE YELLOW HOUSE is her first novel.

Patricia is already working on her second novel, entitled The Linen Queen, and has plans for The Yellow House to become part of a trilogy.

Book Synopsis

When her family is torn apart by religious intolerance, personal tragedy and explosive secrets, young Eileen O’Neill is determined to reclaim the Yellow House, where her family had been happy, and bring her broken family back home.

As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the personal impact of the conflict.  Her choice is complicated by the influence of two men.  James Conlon, a charismatic and passionate political activist, is determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, appeals to her warrior’s soul.

But Eileen also finds herself drawn to Owen Sheridan, the wealthy and handsome black sheep of the pacifist family who owns the mill where she works, and who believes peace can never be achieved through violence.

The choice that Eileen makes will change the course of all their lives and give her a true understanding of herself.


Already launched across the United States, The Yellow House has been met with widespread critical acclaim.

“Patricia Falvey draws on her North of Ireland roots to put a human face on the turning point in 20th century Irish history.  A moving novel and a singular achievement” – Mary Pat Kelly, author of Galway Bay.

“This novel delivers the best of both worlds: secrets, intrigue and surprising twists will keep readers flipping the pages, while Falvey’s insight and poetic writing tugs at the heartstrings of the most cynical audiences” – Publisher’s Weekly.

Launch and Céilí

The official book launch for invited guests will take place in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry this Saturday, May 15th.  The author will be introduced by Dr. John McCavitt of Rostrevor, historian and author of “The Flight of The Earls” and “Sir Arthur Chichester.”

The event will be immediately followed by a Céilí at 9.30pm with music by the Oriel Céilí Band and Raymond Carroll as MC.  All are welcome to attend.

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