Growing Up So High

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A moving, vivid, and life-affirming picture of a boyhood, an extended family, a proud community, and an all-but-vanished way of life. Seán O'Connor was born in Francis Street, in the Liberties of Dublin, a neighborhood famous over the centuries for the sturdy independence of its people. Now, in this evocative and affectionate book, he recollects the unique and colorful district of his childhood: the neighbors who lived there, their traditions, talk, and lore, the music and poetry of the laneways and markets. Remembrances of the 1940s classroom, of bird-watching in Phoenix Park, of roaming towards adolescence in the streets of his ancestors are mingled with tales of ancient ghosts and the coming of change to the Liberties. O'Connor, father of the novelist Joseph, tells his story with honesty, warmth, and style, and the often wry wit of his home-place. This tenderly written testament of one Liberties boy builds into a vivid and heartwarming picture of his own extended family as part of a proud community and its all-but-vanished way of life.


Seán O'Connor is a Chartered Engineer with an MA in science from Trinity College. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and a Member of the Irish Bar, and has won major prizes for Engineering Design.