Iron Age and Medieval Age Gaming

This is the Ballinderry Gaming Board held by the National Museum of Ireland which is often used to portray the ancient Irish game of ‘Fidchell’ – a game I occasionally make reference to in my own Fionn mac Cumhaill books. Like many non-native representations of Irish culture however, this one is also flawed in that… Read more »

Initial thoughts on ‘LIATH LUACHRA: The Great Wild’

Initial thoughts.Predominantly one character alone in the forest. No dialogue apart from limited self-dialogue. This book is quite an experimental work for me but one I’ve really felt compelled to write. I’m particularly enjoying the challenge of trying to make the story work effectively (in terms of mystery and action) within such a limited setting.… Read more »

Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh!

We’re shutting down for Christmas shortly so a huge thank you to everyone who’s supported us over 2022. I’ll leave you with my favourite image of 2022 – a still from Macnas ‘Gilgamesh’. Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a safe New year. Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh go léir!

Conversation on a Beara Beach

A segment from the second Beara book, Beara: Cry of the Banshee Although this sequel to Beara: Dark Legends is still very far from even a first draft, I was doing some work on it last weekend. This is a quiet scene between two of Mos’ co-characters: ‘kind-of’ partner, Ailbhe/Olva (Hungarian magician and acrobat) and… Read more »

Fionn mac Cumhaill Taking the Dogs for a Walk

An impressive stainless streel representation of Fionn (and doggies) in Kildare. I really like the style by Lynn Kirkmann (the creating artist) but I was surprised at the Kildare County Council website notice which provided the following text: —————————— The sculpture came about following a consultation with Kildare County Council who wished to commission a… Read more »

Training the young Fionn mac Cumhaill

This is a representation from illustrator Arthur Rackam of Liath Luachra teaching Demne (the young Fionn) at a very early age. It’s actually a visual representation of a scene from Macgnímartha Finn where Liath Luachra and the young Fionn chase other around a tree with a switch. There are quite a few interesting and unknown… Read more »

Another Fionn mac Cumhaill Book

I’m currently in the process of outlining the next book in the Fionn mac Cumhaill Series, which will finish up the adventure commenced in ‘Fionn: Stranger at Mullan Ban‘ (but not the series). All going well, I’m aiming to have this out in Oct/Nov 2023. This current arc develops the ongoing direction of the series… Read more »