Malachy Donoghue

Knockcroghery man’s amazing story becomes best seller

Malachy Donoghue

The story of Knockcroghery native Malachy Donoghue who ran the family farm at the age of 11 and later immigrated to Alaska in search of his fortune has been flying up the Best Seller lists.

In “The Way it Was” Malachy Donoghue, who passed away on September 27th last year, tells the story of how he had to grow up fast following the passing of his Father when Malachy was aged 11. Malachy was the fourth of nine children and had to take over the running of the family farm. This was during World War Two and although Ireland was neutral the country was gripped by food shortages and rations. As you can imagine this led to tales of hard work and ingenuity in order to keep the family going.

Malachy subsequently immigrated to Fairbanks, Alaska to work in the goldfields and on pipelines before eventually settling in New York. It was there that he met his soon to be wife Maureen and the couple had three children; Jim, Maura and Michael. In recent years Michael encouraged his father to put his remarkable story on paper. Following Malachys passing last September Michael published the book in order to share his adventure with the world.

“The Way it Was” by Malachy Donoghue is available now on Amazon. More details and photos from the book can be found on