About Jerry Mulvihill
Jerry Mulvihill grew up in Ballintcleave, County Kerry, Ireland. His debut title, Let’s Read a Story, a compilation of short stories for children, published in summer 2011, received critical acclaim from Irish media, including RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan and BBC’s Graham Norton. This work was soon translated into French, and sold out its first printing in just a few months.
His second book, also for children The Wise Owl Storybook was released late 2012. It received positive reviews from The Irish Examiner and famed artist Pauline Bewick. It was re-printed the following year and was also released in German.
He launched his third title The Puck Fair in June 2014. This was a challenging departure from children’s books and involved a lot of historical research. It was launched by then Irish Minister of Arts and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan and received glowing reviews from national media.
The Puck Fair sparked a great passion for historical writing which led Jerry to The Truth Behind The Irish Famine. This was his biggest undertaking to date, which involved intense investigation and required traveling to various parts of Ireland for the duration of the book.
He says: “Growing up in Kerry, I always knew about the famine, and the ruins of that time are scattered across the landscape. I felt there were a lot of mistruths and injustices out there, and I wanted to investigate, then share what I learned. I did this through historical eyewitness accounts and diaries. And from these quotes I commissioned artwork to create a better understanding of that tragic time.
The Truth Behind The Irish Famine was released in German in 2019.
Jerry has been invited to give presentations on his work at major museums such as Strokestown House, Portumna Visitor Centre, and Killarney House and Gardens to name a few. He continues to promote his work around Ireland and internationally.
The Truth Behind The Irish Famine has received high praise from: The Irish President; Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mary McAleese, Prince Charles, Ryan Tubridy, Gerry Adams, Christine Kinealy, Jr Minister for Tourism Brendan Griffin, T.D. Michael Healey Rae, and The Irish Examiner to name a few.
Jerry keeps his fans up to date with his current projects on Facebook.