Writer Maura knows the way to Crock Road

Maura Kilgore, nee Campbell, pictured with her book, "the way to the Crock Road". (0602Sl04) Photo: Stephen Latimer
Maura Kilgore, nee Campbell, pictured with her book, "the way to the Crock Road". (0602Sl04) Photo: Stephen Latimer

A local author, Maura Kilgore, (nee Campbell), has every reason to feel proud.

Her new book, “The Way To The Crock Road”, is proving to be a very popular read with book lovers of all ages and has sold well, not only locally, but also in England, America and Australia.

Set in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, this charming book recounts her experiences of growing up on the western shores of Lough Neagh in a time when few rural dwellings had either electricity or running water.

Such was the case with the Campbell family cottage.

Situated as it was at the end of the Crock Road, in Ardboe, County Tyrone, life was far from easy, possessing none of the amenities enjoyed by city dwellers.

Maura lived with her father and mother, four brothers and one sister in a two roomed cottage close to a wooded area of Birch trees and bushes they called “the scrog”.

Her father was a fisherman on Lough Neagh; a hard and often dangerous life. When the fishing season ended, in September, her father was forced to leave home and seek work in England.

Her mother tended a small farm raising chickens, ducks and pigs as well as growing potatoes and other vegetables for the kitchen table. Life was basic but happy and the stories contained within the chapters of Maura’s book are beautifully told and convey a great warmth of memory for her early life.

Maura now lives in the Waterside area of Derry.

Anyone who has had any association with life in any part of rural Ireland, and even those who have had none, can easily relate to the hardships of the times and to the beautifully recounted stories of a world now mostly vanished.

The Way To The Crock Road is available in local book stores and also online at Amazon Ltd. The book is also available from Maura at 07845848443.