Walk the Line: Una Mannion on stepping out of her own shadow

The Sligo-based author on the importance of place and overcoming self-doubt

10th January, 2021
Walk the Line: Una Mannion on stepping out of her own shadow
Una Mannion: ‘I feel giddy with excitement some days coupled by a terror of how people will receive my book.’ Photo: Róisín Loughrey

In 1992, I put all my stuff in a shipping container and moved to Sligo. I was born in Philadelphia and grew up there but my father is from Sligo so we spent our childhoods coming to Ireland for most of my life. I went to The National University of Ireland Galway (when it was UCG) in the ’80s for a year and kept just sort of gravitating back to my father’s birthplace.


Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Brought to book: what it takes to write a novel

Books Nadine O’Regan 13 hours ago

The Art of Falling: McLaughlin scrapes away a veneer of perfect lives in an entertaining debut

Books John Walshe 2 days ago

Sad Janet: A wallow in misery makes for a memorable literary debut

Books Tanya Sweeney 6 days ago

‘What we hold in the National Library is memory’

Books Róisín Burke 6 days ago