Previous: Leona's naive delusion about her new role as woman of the house has resulted in an incestuous relationship with her father and an unplanned pregnancy. Rather than fearing for the freedom of herself and her baby at the hands of the Catholic Church, Leona maintains her fantastical vision of family life with her father... Continue Reading →
Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 23- Dunguaire Castle
Day 23: Dunguaire Castle Dunguaire Castle (Irish: Dún Guaire) is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, near Kinvara. The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The castle's 75-foot (23 m) tower and its defensive wall have been restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during... Continue Reading →
Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 22- Kinvara Bay
Day 22: Kinvara Bay Before gas and electricity came to Kinvara, turf was the main fuel used for cooking and heating. The majestic Galway Hookers sailed between Connemara and Kinvara laden with this fuel as the Kinvara area had no bogs ( a type of wetland). Kinvara in turn filled the hookers with grain and... Continue Reading →
Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 19- Lost In Kinvara
I spent six days in the small village of Kinvara doing research for my main characters childhood homes. Kinvara is small, but I managed to get lost more than once. My Airbnb host had suggested a nice walk to do which would take me from the main street of town in a loop down past... Continue Reading →
Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 18- Kinvara
Day 18: Kinvara Kinvara (Irish: Cinn Mhara, meaning "head of the sea"), also spelled Kinvarra, is a sea port village located in the southwest of County Galway. It is located in the civil parish of Kinvarradoorus in the north of the barony of Kiltartan. Kinvara was my third stop on my trip, and I came here with... Continue Reading →
Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 17- St Patrick’s Day!
When I started planning my trip to Ireland to research for my crime novel, Sins of the Son, I had originally planned to take off in February. I decided to push the trip forward a month to better my chances of getting the leave approved from work, as I was concerned that too many of... Continue Reading →
Day Two in Kinvara: Gypsy Wagons and Fairy Woodlands
On Sunday, the day after St. Paddy's Day, I set out on my first day of location scouting in Kinvara. My AirBnB host Sharon had informed me of a lovely walk that looped around from the main road out of town around to the waterfront, and so I decided to take that route. Unbeknownst to... Continue Reading →
Day One In Kinvara: St. Patrick’s Day!
My first day in Kinvara was St Patrick’s Day, and this small village’s celebrations suited my tastes just nicely. The national holiday fell on a Friday, and there was to be a parade held in the main street at 1pm. It couldn’t have been a more Irish day; gale-force winds and cold misty rain, the... Continue Reading →