Conflict and the Colony

BOOKS ‘The Preacher And The Prelate’ is a riveting read about the impact of Rev Edward Nangle on Achill Island life during famine times
— Read on www.mayonews.ie/living/32212-conflict-and-the-colony

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The preacher, the priest and an island fight over faith and famine – Independent.ie

11/06/2018 2 comments

It seems like a creation of Arthur Miller, Ibsen, or indeed John B Keane: a ravaged island community, young zealous preacher and the established but impoverished priest obsessed with a
— Read on m.independent.ie/irish-news/the-preacher-the-priest-and-an-island-fight-over-faith-and-famine-36994018.html

TheJournal.ie – The fascinating story of the Achill Island preacher, the Famine, and the Prelate

TheJournal.ie – The fascinating story of the Achill Island preacher, the Famine, and the Prelate
— Read on www.thejournal.ie/preacher-prelate-patricia-byrne-4033791-May2018/

‘Told with pace and panache… an extraordinary and important read’

The terror has subsided a bit – great to read a positive review of my book in Irish Independent.

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Writing about writing my book

08/05/2018 Comments off

Loop HeadThere is nothing this writer likes more than writing about their writing process. A recent visit to the Coming Home Famine Art exhibition at Dublin Castle prompted these thoughts about the the writing journey for my new book which has the famine experience at its heart. Thanks Writing.ie for sharing my thoughts.

Sweet as Honey

14/04/2018 Comments off

Nothing sweeter for this writer than reader feedback and this piece of enthusiasm from Mary J Murphy came early, with the new book barely born:

Well bless my booties Patricia Byrne, how thrilling it is to be associated with such an original, beautifully written, intensely researched book that reeks of Achill’s complex past between every line & delves fearlessly into the complicated, multi-layered history of Edward Nangle’s Mission Colony in Dugort. I’ve been enormously impressed by the lengths to which you have gone to be fair, balanced & impartial as you walk your reader through the minefield of competing religious ideologies in The Preacher and the Prelate, & have been haunted by Eliza Nangle’s personal story since I read it, thinking of how she buried one infant of hers after another, as Edward ranted and raved in the public arena.The level of detail in it is dizzying in its expanse, exactitude & breadth, & it is a work of which you should be inordinately proud because your years of effort have paid off most handsomely.

That it came with this wonderful pic against the backdrop of Achill Island mountain Slievemore, the location of my story, makes it even more special. Mary J Murphy

New Book hurtling towards book shops

11/04/2018 5 comments

Delighted that today my new book is hurtling towards book shops across Ireland. So exhilarating is the feeling that I feel like climbing the iconic Achill mountain Slievemore that features on the cover.

The book will launch in Achill on the slopes of the mountain on 4 May at 8pm as part of the splendid Heinrich Boll Weekend.

 

Book Cover The Preacher and the Prelate.JPG

 

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