Saoirse, by Hilary Connor

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Saoirse, by Hilary Connor 

A story of one girl’s truth in a world ruled by lies.



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Saoirse by Hilary Connor

A story of one girl’s truth in a world ruled by lies.

As a child Saoirse Corcoran was rejected. As an adult she is sought out by strangers. The reason for both is the same – her power.

Born in the mid-sixties to a mother who desperately wanted to keep her but couldn’t, put in an institutional crib and situation, she is visited by a guiding force who she will come to know in future days, who protects a baby born to survive inhuman treatment in a staunch Catholic society, and to change it with the strength of her life experience.

Saoirse’s mother Maisie, sleeps in a different part of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home, sharing a collective sorrow that will haunt and mark Ireland’s social history. Saoirse is set apart from the beginning – marked with a psychic gift which serves as her greatest ally and strength against coming judgement and condemnation. When Lil and Joe Corcoran adopt her, she is four months old with an ancient soul. There is the hope of happy ever after. At first, their love is unconditional, but then the deeper aspect of her nature triggers their great fear. They reject her abilities, forcing her back into another convent, run by St. Agnes, who sees and treats Saoirse as evil.

Saoirse holds onto the truth that love is the only property to heal an emotionally enslaved, repressed Ireland. Her friendships give her hope. Her family become her greatest teachers. The search for her identity centres on her first shared sorrow, separated only by walls, a mother and her child who felt each other’s presence. On a harrowing journey, Saoirse is drawn to the deepest bond of all which is still a mystery.

She moves to re-unite, to find out who Maisie was and finds out more than who her mother was. She discovers what she knew all along, from the moment she was born. Her gift came from somewhere unknown and now returns to claim its source. She learns the name and nature of the presence that guarded her lonely crib.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Hilary Connor; 1st edition (18 August 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1999596900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1999596903

4 reviews for Saoirse, by Hilary Connor

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    This review came in from Amanda Anderson, Wexford, thanks Amanda

    From the moment I started reading Saoirse I couldn’t really put it down. I had no idea of the extent of the suffering in the Mother and Baby homes of Ireland. I had read articles about the Tuam babies but goodness, Hilary’s writing really explained the feelings of the people involved and dreadful treatment of the poor girls for no reason other than religion. Then Saoirse’s fight to make a place in the world with a family and world that couldn’t understand her wonderful gifts, is all too common. I felt such an affection for the characters. And could relate to the book on so many levels. It took me on a journey, good, bad, funny and heart breaking, I rarely get time to read books anymore. But I am so glad I read Saoirse. Hilary you deserve every success.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This review came in from Sharon Fitzmaurice, Holistic Wellness Coach and, Author of ”Someone Please Help Me, so I did’. Thank you Sharon.

    “Opening this book was like opening a doorway to my heart. Hilary Connor a beautiful soul with a story full of so many truths, that it will awaken everyone’s heart that reads it. In her first book Saoirse she captivates us with the horrific story that has filled our country for decades, the children of Ireland who have been abandoned and rejected, being the subject of societal judgement and religious hypocrisy.
    Saoirse teaches us of the pure love of a child that only seeks to be wanted and to feel safe. To understand the thoughts and feelings of a child that only wants to fit in and find their place in the world. That each child has a special quality that needs to be recognised, encouraged and nurtured, even if we don’t understand it. Acceptance of others is our greatest gift to the young people of our world and to ourselves.
    The judgement that has filled our world for so long is now being shifted as we face our inner fears and realise that we each have the power within us to shine brightly and create a better world. Saoirse teaches us this in her story, she has an inner awareness of something greater within herself and through all the hardships she has had to endure, she finds a way to stay true to herself.
    I fell in love with Saoirse’s spirit as I read this book, I cried and laughed and felt every single harsh word that was thrown at her. I felt also the deep love of the people that wanted to be in her life, who helped her to grow into the beautiful and gifted woman she is today. Hilary brought life to every word and I could feel the story appearing in vivid colour in my mind. I felt the light and darkness of the story as I lived Saoirse’s story through her eyes. I was captivated.
    Thank you Hilary Connor for sharing your beautiful gift with the world and for telling Saoirse’s story which is the story of so many others. May Saoirse’s light shine into the lives of many homes where they will find their voice, forgiveness and peace with their pasts. May we all learn from this and to never allow such atrocities take place ever again in our country.

    Sharon Fitzmaurice Author”

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Bailey (verified owner)

    From the moment I started reading Saoirse I lived her life with her. I felt all the emotions that she did sadness anger happiness etc. I wanted to fight her battles for her but she did a good enough job on her own!! I read the book within 24 hours…. I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
    The story’s of the Mother and Baby homes are just so heartbreaking and unbearable to read but unfortunately those places existed and my thoughts are with the mothers and their babies.
    Saoirse is a fabulous read and shines a light on people like her that have such special abilities.
    In a strange sort of way I’m going to miss Saoirse but she has left me with some answers to questions I had.
    Well done Hilary on a superb book and I look forward to the next one x

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grainne Cahill (verified owner)

    From the moment I received ‘Saoirse’ I couldn’t put it down. It made me happy and sad.
    Saoirse’s strength in the eye of adversity will continue to inspire me.
    I didn’t want the book to end.
    I look forward to the next one x

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