‘I’ll Meet You at the Roundy O’ is a story of friendship and love that looks at aspects of life in a small parish in rural Ireland in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in a humorous and entertaining way. It is a fictional work based on fact, and the protagonists are mainly people struggling with poverty.
Parts of the novel revolve around five youths, who formed a gang from a very early age, and how they interacted with the adults of the time. The novel also shows how the youth of the time developed, growing from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood, how their sexuality formed, and how inhibited they were in their romantic relationships. The incidents in the novel are fictionalised, but many are based on what happened in real life and bring to life what it was like to live at that time.