A visit back to my uni days

It's one of those cold and rainy winter days where you decide that a bit of a clean up is in order. Not much of one, just a little one. While sorting some things on my desk, I came across some old university papers that I had put aside to type out and put up... Continue Reading →

What about young Edward?

I tend to feel a little sorry for Edward, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. He never knew his mother and his father died when he was only nine years old. And although he was king of England and Ireland, he never actually ruled in his own right: he died when he was only... Continue Reading →

Irish slavery

I wasn't looking for anything on any sort of slavery. I was simply looking for a suitable Irish Catholic name from the 17th century that I could use for Padraig's friend in my tale on 'The Parting Glass" (now called Goodnight - and God be with you all). I came across a fascinating post written by a... Continue Reading →

More on the Irish Confederate War

When I first decided to write my backstory to The Parting Glass, I had no idea that it would lead me down the path of 17th Century Irish conflict. Normally, war bores me - but this rebellion I find fascinating. Having had my DNA tested, I have 73% Irish ancestry. I knew I had Irish Catholic... Continue Reading →

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