Sarah Kirwan Blazek has her finger on the pulse of all things Irish. That is
not surprising, considering that she was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and
retains dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States.
It is also not surprising that many aspects of the books are
autobiographical. In the books, the main family consists of the mother, father,
and their eleven "T'ank Gods," or children. She, herself, is the
third child and the first girl in a family of eleven. Of course, Mrs. Blazek's
mother referred to the children as her "T'ank Gods." Ould Neddy, the
donkey in the stories, is based on a childhood pet.
Growing up, Mrs. Blazek and her family loved reading and memorizing poetry.
Known as "The Little Poet" at Fern's National School, she has grown
up to write lyrical, fanciful books for children. But she has not grown up
completely; after all, she does believe in leprechauns and Santa Claus.
Sarah Kirwan Blazek teaches at Sacred Heart Academy/Hardey Preparatory School
for Boys and makes her home in Chicago, Illinois.
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