The Pebble's Story
Renowned Irish Author Bryan McMahon wrote the story The Pebble
for inclusion in an anthology of stories for young adults. As a
friend and mentor of Elizabeth O'Carroll (nee Chute), Dr. McMahon
based the story on the explanation Elizabeth provided for the 'interesting
pendant' she was wearing during one of her visits from Calgary.
Bryan was enchanted that a pebble taken from The River Feale in
Kerry, Ireland, as a token of early love, was to be made into a
pendant in faraway Calgary, Alberta by 'The Goldsmith' jeweler years
Bryan McMahon (1919 - 1998)
Despite a demanding job as a school teacher at Scoil Realta na Maidne
in Listowel, County Kerry Ireland Dr. McMahon found time to indulge
his passion for writing. He first came to national prominence in
1948, when his first collection of short stories, The Lion Tamer,
was a huge success and went through four editions in as many months.
In the years that followed, his highly successful career as a writer
included such publications as the novel, Children of the Rainbow,
the collection of short stories, The Sound of Hooves, and
one of his most critically-acclaimed books, The Master, which chronicles
his years as a school teacher in Listowel. He has also written several
plays, including The Honey Spike.