This novel has a dramatic plot that spans 3 generations. It tells a story that is sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and features love, friendship, betrayal and murder. As well as being entertaining, the book is a lesson in the social history of Connemara. It explores the daunting authority of the Church, the chasm that divided the English-speaking elite from the Irish-speaking working-class and the painful reality of emigration.
Lámh Láidir was awarded the Cló Iar-Chonnachta Literary Prize, in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta. It was also awarded the top prize in the Oireachtas Literary competition 2002.