For writers, readers and the writing community, there’s noting quite like the launch of a new title .Recently launched in
Limerick was Patricia Byrne’s The Veiled Woman of Achill, published by Collins Press, . Patricia writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She has worked in enterprise and regional economic development in the mid-west of Cork . Ireland
The Veiled Woman of Achill is set in the 1890s. A true playboy drama, it tells the story of landowner Agnes MacDonnell’s brutal attack and the burning of her home, Valley House, on
. Her attacker was a tenant, James Lynchehaun, the island’s wild man. The crime, trial and escapes as well as the island tensions of the time are expertly captured by Byrne who has a family interest in the story. Her great granduncle wrote extensive journals, including his account of the life of James Lynchehaun, and accounts of several fundraising trips across the Achill Island . United States
Byrne writes robustly and with attention to historical detail.
If you’re interested in a good Famine read, The Veiled Woman… won’t disappoint.