The Famine Years in North West Donegal

A friend gave me a copy of this lovely book about the Irish Famine. The author, Patrick Campbell, writes about his family who lived in...

Ernie O'Malley

wrote 'On Another Man's Wounds' while in exile in South America between 1929 and 1932. O'Malley, a middle class medical student, joined...

Wounds by Fergal Keane.

Just finished reading Wounds by Fergal Keane. In it Keane tells the story of his grandmother, Hannah Purtill. A Kerrywoman, she was born...

New reading What Hath God Wrought

This book won the Pulizer Prize for History in 2008. I'm writing the second novel where my protagonist Annie Power, has arrived in New...

Best Irish historical novel ever?

Just finished reading Strumpet City by James Plunkett. I'm in awe of the lyrical writing and the attention to detail about life in...

In Search of the 1490

Just watched a fascinating video about the 1,490 Irish Famine emigrants from Strokestown estate in county Roscommon. This resulted in...

Book Review: The Great Hunger

The Great Hunger is the classic history book that inspired me to write about the Irish Famine. Cecil Woodham-Smith, née Fitzgerald,...