Hugh Reilly, Director of the School of Communication, will give a public reading of excerpts from his original work, "Drinking with My Father’s Ghost" at the Brazen Head Irish Pub at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, Nov. 30.
The book which is part travelogue and part autobiography was inspired by sociological research conducted by Hugh’s father, the late Robert T. Reilly, who worked at UNO as a professor of Communication from 1972 until his retirement in 1987. The elder Reilly spent years studying Irish pub culture by traveling the country and interviewing local patrons in small venues. Upon his death, Hugh uncovered a box of his father’s research, and decided to pay tribute to his “Da” by revisiting some of the same pubs and conducting a fresh set of interviews. These visits and chats with locals are the heart of the book.
"Drinking with My Father’s Ghost" is an affectionate glimpse at Ireland and its pubs. In it Reilly writes, “The authentic Irish Pub is so much more than simply a place to drink. …It is [a] link with the community, sometimes for generations, that seeps into the floorboards and loiters in the corners like a half-remembered friend. A quick glance and an “Oh yes, I remember you.” Join Professor Hugh Reilly and friends for a personal sharing and celebration of Irish culture right here in Omaha: Brazen Head Irish Pub/319 North 78th Street.
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