David M. Quinn

STEEL SHAMROCKS The Sons of Annie McKenna


Steel Shamrocks is a journey of the heart.... The author makes the story fascinating, even though we are familiar with it: Irish immigrants work hard and achieve their dreams.... David Quinn, the author, does this by creating dialogue that is almost magical, and we quickly become closely involved with the persons in the story. Quinn writes gracefully and with a novelist's soul.

Quinn has an eye for the telling detail. For example: What food did our ancestors take with them for a sea voyage, which in the mid 1800's would take a month? Quinn tells us they brought "hard cheese, salt cured meat, black bread and dried fruit." There are many facts like this scattered throughout the book.

Steel Shamrocks is about one family, but all of our ancestors were steel shamrocks or we wouldn't be here.

~ Review by Frank West—Irish American News

This is serious historical writing: as such, it seeks to pair the drama of fiction with nonfiction facts and background, and both captures the experiences and feel of its times and provides the necessary supportive platform of history upon which to base these events.

That's one of the novel's strengths. Steel Shamrocks stands apart from other stories of the early experiences of Irish immigrants in America.

It's hard to imagine the lengths that the early Irish went through, both in the 'old country' and in the new America. Steel Shamrocks is firmly grounded in real events and a sense of its times, and its detailed approach will delight serious readers of historical fiction.

~ D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer – Midwest Book Review

Five Stars

David M. Quinn has taken his wife's family's extraordinary tale and created a thrilling historical fiction story, which might be better described as creative nonfiction. Well done. Excellent research, compelling plots and very interesting.

~ Emily-Jane Hills Orford – Readers' Favorite

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From humble immigrant beginnings in early 19th century Pittsburgh, Bernard (Barney) McKenna and Charles F. McKenna made civic service their chosen path to position and influence. One became a beloved mayor and political reformer. The other was a Civil War soldier and distinguished attorney and jurist. But it was their widowed mother Annie who enabled their rise in the face of tragedy and struggle.

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