Saoirse, by Hilary Connor

(15 customer reviews)


Saoirse, by Hilary Connor 

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



Saoirse by Hilary Connor    read 5* reviews here

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

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Alternatively, you can purchase Saoirse in person from my Healing Practice in Monaseed, Gorey.

Here is a list of retail outlets who stock Saoirse:

The Book Centre, South Main Street, Wexford Town

Byrne’s Books & Toys, Gorey, Enniscorthy and Wexford Town.

Fragrant Heaven, 1 McDermott Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford.

Zozimus Books, (at back of The Book Cafe) Main St. Gorey.

Purple Lotus, Waterford City.

Creacon Wellnes Retreat Centre, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

15 reviews for Saoirse, by Hilary Connor

  1. hilaryconnor

    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. hilaryconnor

    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. 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. 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

  5. Ann-Marie Fortune (verified owner)

    Wow Hilary, I was so touched by “Saoirse”. From the moment I read the first page I could feel the profound healing it will bring each and every reader whether or not they have been affected by the opression felt by the innocent women and children who received a heavy sentence for no crime committed. Wonderfully written and the message within will be resonated in the hearts of all who pick it up. Here’s hoping your first book will not be the last Hilary x x

  6. Caroline Murray (verified owner)

    Hi Hilary
    I’ve just finished Saoirse….my tears run free here tonight as they did several times while reading Saoirse. I was so upset when they sent Saoirse away I cried & grieved for Saoirse at the cruelty she endured by those she trusted the most in life …. my heart broke at the pain she had to go through and at how frightened she must have felt ….,I couldn’t pick the book up for days then I was working so my day is a 13hour day but tonight Saoirse called me despite me buying another book today my plans went out the window Saoirse coaxed me to pick her up and told me my anger wasn’t mine I know that sounds mad but I know you will totally understand it xxxx….I thank you once again and you don’t know this but you’ve set me free in a sense ….my anger seems to have evaporated it was never mine to begin with if that makes sense …my daughter want to read it next x you are an amazing lady and I thank God for you for your teachings never has someone I’ve never met touched me so much xxxx xxxx

  7. Laura Connors (verified owner)

    From the moment I started reading Saoirse I couldn’t put it down. I always judge a book by ‘is it a page turner’ Saoirse did not disappoint. I found myself in work thinking about her story and couldn’t wait to get home to read more.
    My heart was drawn to Maisie from the outset, where she got her courage and strength from to pick herself up I will never know.
    Saoirse herself is an inspirational woman, her journey of self discovery is phenomenal. Her ability to keep pushing forward regardless of what life throws at her is inspirational.
    I am so very hoping for part 2.
    Hilary you should be very proud it is simply a beautiful story of Irish society and the sometimes forgotten women and children in our society.

  8. Josie

    When I heard of Hilary’s book and some of the details surrounding the book I knew I had to have a copy. I needed to understand on a deeper level, what a person quite close to me once had to endure and suffer never mind those poor souls who neve got a chance at life. All I can say is that it brought a sense of deeper closeness, understanding, love and pure respect for that one person so close to my heart and I can’t thank Hilary enough for giving me that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Xx

  9. Michaela Thomas (verified owner)

    From the moment I started reading this book, I could not put it down, I cried and grieved with Saoirse.
    This is the incredible story of Saoirse’s fight to find her place and shine her Light in the world. An angel, a hero, a fighter & survivor – this inspirational story brings a powerful message from this tragic and devastating time in our history. This book will bring these difficult issues to the surface to begin healing, not only for any women and children who suffered, but to each and every reader. I felt the hope and joy and Love which we can all gain from our journey in life and feel inspired by her story. I could not recommend Saoirse highly enough, and will do, to every person I meet x

  10. Angela Macken (verified owner)

    What a wonderful read. Must say to be honest I was ignorant to a lot of what went on during those dreafful years it was an education for me to read this book. I was engrossed in the book from the first chapter with all kinds of emotions going through me with soarise,some happy and some so so sad. Its a truly inspirational griping book well worth a read . This book with give comfort to many people to read.
    Hilary I had to keep telling myself in disbelief you wrote this, just superb, they way it was written from start to finish you have a natural talent be proud. Till the next one Hilary. Thank you. X

  11. Fiona bairead

    A book that captures the pain and suffering of so many and puts a spotlight on Ireland’s shameful treatment of mothers and babies both by the church and more awfully by their own families. We often fail to recognise that during this period parents colluded with the church in hiding their daughters in these awful mother and baby homes. And in many cases abandoned them completely. A huge achievement hilary. Congratulations. A must read. 3

  12. Mandy Mc Gale

    From the minute I opened Saoirse I didn’t want to put it down, captivated from page one…There was parts where I cried and parts where I laughed out loud!! I could physically picture myself in the story. I would love to see this as a movie..Looking forward to the next book of Hilarys xx

  13. Rachael D (verified owner)

    You will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it! Hilary brings you into the world of Saoirse and the people around her so well, that you actually feel and see each characters perspective on life and attitudes of recent times. You experience the journey they are all going through, especially Saoirses. This is an riveting story that will keep you interested right to the end. I hope there will be another book to follow.

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