ASSE Member Coauthors Book on Irish Roots

Inspired by their own Irish ancestry, two cousins, one an ASSE member, compiled generations of wisdom, gleaned from women of all walks of life, with one thing in common: a deep and abiding connection to Ireland. Wise Irish Women: A Journey of Love, Loyalty and Friendship to Inspire the Irish Spirit brings together the voices of 36 women and their stories covering everything from Irish charm, Irish luck and Irish love of family to Irish gumption.

“I witnessed the strength and character of the Irish from an early age,” says Patricia Connorton Kagerer, who coauthored the book with cousin Laura Prendergast Gordon. Kagerer is vice president of safety and process management at CF Jordan Construction in Dallas, TX, and a professional member of ASSE’s Southwest Chapter; she attributes her success in a male-dominated industry to the wisdom she learned from her Irish mother and grandmother.

Gordon, deputy city attorney for the City of El Paso, couldn’t agree more. “Our grandmother was a huge source of strength and inspiration for both of us. Patricia and I knew this particular brand of wisdom needed to be shared, along with words of wisdom from other women with deep ties to Ireland.”

Whether it’s a story by acclaimed author Mary Higgins Clark, playwright Marianne McDonald, QVC Host Jane Treacy or the authors themselves, each story is designed to inspire women to make a difference in their own corner of the world, the authors explain. Learn more about the book here.