The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador has historical roots as far back as the early 1500s. Since then, many colourful events have combined to give St. John’s its unique personality.
Clashes between the English and French, flamboyant politicians, living ghosts and haunted houses, and the rise and fall of courageous men and women have shaped its character. Today the city stands tall and proud against bitter Arctic winds and the wild Atlantic Sea.
Veteran St. John’s writers Frank Galgay and Michael McCarthy have teamed up to give a fitting tribute to this magnificent seaport and her unforgettable legacy.
Frank Galgay is a prominent Newfoundland educator and author. He served as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Education until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Galgay is the author and co-author of sixteen books pertaining to Newfoundland history, education, and folklore. He is married to the former Rosemary McDonald and they have four children, Colleen, Sean, Brendan, Matthew; and four grandchildren, Erin, Megan, Aidan, Madeline. Mr. Galgay resides in St. John’s and is serving a fourth term as a St. John’s City Councillor.
Michael J. McCarthy was born in St. Jacques, Fortune Bay, moving to Terrenceville at the age of five, where he attended school until grade eleven. He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Ottawa, graduating with an MA in Literature. He taught in a number of communities until his retirement in 1986. Michael McCarthy is the author of three novels and a history book. He is the co-author of several more books and has written for several magazines, as well as for radio and television. He was married to the former Ann Hamlyn, and they had two children: Michael and Karen.