Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
When my small family branch emigrated from Kilfenora in 1839? there was this story that 2 boys stole a cake at a British wedding, so the whole family had to vanish.

Is that story commonly told about many other families too?


Wed Jul 27 18:50:39 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Anna & Patricia: Many thanks for your messages - nice to get them from opposite parts of the world! The Burren is so a special place that I am proud to lead people into understanding and seeing it for themselves.

Joe: I've recently been re-reading Wodehouse on my Kindle and there are loads of mistakes - especial with the 1920s slang - probably unfamiliar to computers!

Trinda: This is what the foremost archaeologist in Burren studies has to say:' Although the Burren lies north of main concentration of stone circles...a few do occur on the Burren - mainly single stones...'
Of course I am writing fiction and I do feel at liberty, given that I am writing about an era over 500 years ago, to turn a single remaining stone into a full circle.

I'm glad you enjoyed the book, nevertheless.

Fri Jul 22 18:16:27 2011

Anna writes from New Zealand
Recently read Writ In Stone. Was supposed to be studying for exams but I just couldn't put it down. Brilliant story and am looking forward to reading the next. God Bless.

Fri Jul 22 11:16:56 2011

Patricia writes from USA
I "accidently" came across your "Lady Judge" book at the library. The library has some of your books but not all. I absolutely loved the book especially since I have been a fan of Tremayne's books for a while. So good to have books of ancient Ireland in a more recent century.

I am a huge fan of all things Irish even though I come from a Scottish ancestry.

I have yet to visit Ireland but it is my most cherished hope that I will get there soon. In the meantime books like yours keep me content. If you can share any links for visiting Ireland for about a month I would appreciate it. I don't want a tour, I want to be with the local people as much as possible.

Thanks to your website I realized that some of the books are hard to get so I went immediately to Amazon to order them. I am so grateful that I found your stories, your heart is in each one, I can feel it. Blessings, Patricia

Wed Jul 20 23:23:07 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
I'm just reading the Kindle version of the Sting of Justice now.
There has been more than one problem with hyphenation. Gaelic proper names in the middle of a sentence, but with a hyphen in the name. 2 sentences later - no hyphen in the name.

Tue Jul 19 20:19:36 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
David: I'm afraid that the paperback of 'Writ in Stone. came out and the whole edition was sold out almost immediately. I've been trying to talk to the publishers about another edition, but everythng is Kindle at the moment.
Your best bet might be the large print edition before that, also, goes out of print.
I'm glad that you enjoy the series and am particularly sorry that 'Writ in in Stone' is the one that youa re missing as I feel that is certainly one of the best - if not the best.

Sat Jul 16 18:12:35 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I must confess to you, Joe, that I made up the character of Ardal O'Lochlainn - unlike Turlough Donn O'Brien, he has no historical reality. Originally he was going to be just a minor part of the scenery, but I got involved with him and he has become more and more part of Mara's life. I'm intrigued by him, and am not sure where the story will lead me - sounds pretentious, but it is the way things go.

Trinda: I am trying to look up the point that you raised. The trouble is that it is actually over seven years since I wrote the book, initially. I'm almost certain that there is evidence of a stone circle in the Kilcorny vicinity - as for the name, my memory is that I just made it up.

Sat Jul 16 18:07:11 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA

Here is another dubiosity to conjure with:

"..there are doubts as to whether the present chief of the sept [since 1666?] can be correctly connected to any of the above remote generations."

re: pedegree of O'Loghlens Burren; geneological MS of Duald McFirbis

Sat Jul 16 00:33:51 2011

Trinda McCarthy writes from Australia
Dear Cora Harrison, I have just found and read your first brehon laws tale My Lady Judge. I was interested in the attention to detail and enjoyed that. However on further perusal I am seriously disappointed that you have dragged in a stone circle from Kildare, (like a whole few counties away) complete with name and number of stones, to infuse your story in the Burren. I was excited at first that there might have been such a circle although I hadnt previously, while exploring discovered any mention or remnants of one. I guess my disappointment was that within such accuracy on so many other things, an active fabrication should not go unmentioned say in an introduction. I realise this is a work of fiction but you are playing with accurate historical record and this somehow falls short. I did like the book anyway. Thank you - Trinda McCarthy

Fri Jul 15 15:14:35 2011

David Clark writes from Spain
Dear Ms Harrison,
I've enjoyed all the Burren mysteries I've read so far, but had to skip Writ in Stone as it was previously unavailable. I see that a new large print edition is available, and that the book is also in a Kindle edition. I'm loathe to purchase the electronic version (as it would spoil my collection!) but wonder if there is any plan for a paperback edition to be released.

Thank you for your time, and keep up yhe great work!

Best wishes,

David Clark

Fri Jul 15 11:55:12 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm sure that your wife is right, Joe. There has been a deafening silence from my publishers and that is usually the case when expenditure is concerned.
Oh well...
I wish you'd send some heat over here. We've had rain, wind and temperatures in the low fifties over here for the past month. Today is sunny, but the rain is due to come back within a couple of days - just in time for St Swithin's Day on the July 15.

Wed Jul 13 09:58:29 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Oh yes, readable. It just blows up the first 6 lines or so of the chapter to double the size. Made me think there was something very significant to that part.

My wife's experience is that when when a production company has made errors preparing a book for the Kindle transformation it will cost herself an additional $300 to make corrections, submit, and see what the result may be. If she has to closely edit the whole text the cost of her time alone may be double that.

I wussed out of the field excursion due to the heat, rattlesnakes, and geriatric exhaustion from getting up and down off the ground, in/out of my backpacking tent.

Wed Jul 13 03:35:52 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I did put your point to the publishers, Joe. They haven't replied as yet, but my agent says that this is very common wherever a font is changed. I haven't anyway of looking at it myself (other than buying a kindle edition) so I don't know how bad it is. Is it readable?

Not sure whether 'My Lady Judge' is the best of the books - what do you think? I suppose I was feeling my way into the character and the environment there and sometimes I think that I overdid the descriptions.
Thanks for your interest. I must go and look at the O'Lochlainn stone at Corcomroe abbey. the Viking symbol is just so intriguing that it will have to come up in one of my stories. I'm just about to sign a contract for two further books about Mara, the Brehon.

Tue Jul 12 14:42:23 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
At your suggestion I read Writ in Stone with pleasure.

Just now in My Lady Judge on the Kindle perhaps you should look at the beginning of the chapter on page 55? I have seen other Kindle books where the font changes in a way the author may not intend.

I'm off to Wyoming to do volunteer weeding in front of petroglyphs!

Thu Jul 7 04:08:23 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry for delay in answering messages. I was away for a few weeks and came back to find deadlines hovering!

Joan: I felt like you about the Kindle, but I must say I don't regret getting one. A lot of books are cheaper and then there are all the out-of-print books suddenly popping up on it!

Dolores: Like you, I love Glendalough, but the Burren is unique - try to see it on a sunny day in late April or early May and it is like a gorgeous rock garden.

Aice: I would love to write another 'Jane' book but it won't be for a year or two, I'm afraid. I have five books lined up to do first!

Joe: Do you know, I did not realise that was what it was. How marvellous! You have really triggered my imagination. After Mara, my heroine, I think that I am most interested in the character of Ardal O'Lochlainn.
By the way, 'Writ in Stone' number four, is set in Corcomroe Abbey and I think it is my favourite so far as the mystery is concerned.

Sun Jul 3 11:24:55 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,
I've just discovered your latest O'Lochlainn related mystery on Kindle, and haven't read the whole canon yet. GREAT !

Paul Clements mentions a Yggsdrasyl carving on the O'Lochlainn tomb in Corcomroe Abbey? Some early Viking Silkie married in to the O'Conners and splitting the heritage?

I can't pull up a picture of it just now. Saw the tomb and Abbey years ago, but did not twig on it.

Please advise.. but not to interrupt your writing,

Regards from Joe O'Laughlin

Sun Jul 3 00:04:11 2011

Alice writes from USA
Dear Cora,
Please write another Jane Austen book. I really enjoyed the first two!
Thank You,


P.s Can you recommend any of your Novels?

Sat Jun 25 13:38:11 2011

Dolores Sierra writes from USA
I've just finished the third in the Burren series, which I'm reading on my Kindle. I love them. I've wanted to know more about the Brehon laws for a long time, and find your introductions to each chapter to be most informative. As another reader wrote, I feel that the characters have become as real people I know and like. I'm ready for "Writ in Stone" now, but wanted to thank you for this wonderful series of books. I'll be purchasing paper copies for a friend soon. I don't know if this will seem like a good comparison to you, but I find this books to be as enjoyable and informative as Morgan Llywellyn's books. We visited the Burren briefly when we were in Ireland several years ago. Unfortunately, I was not feeling well that day, so didn't get to see as much as my husband did. He loved it though, and still talks about it as one of his favorite Irish places. (though he didn't see Glendalough, which is one of my favorite places.) Thanks again for this wonderful series!

Thu Jun 16 02:12:25 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Hi Cora,
No I cannot yet bring myself to get a kindle,apart from the expense the idea simply does not appeal to me, tho' I must admit when I saw Writ in Stone was available on Kindle I did toy with the idea for a moment. I shall have to think of some other way.
Thank you for your reply,

Tue Jun 14 01:28:42 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Do you have a Kindle, Joan?

All of my 'Mara' books, including 'Writ in Stone', 'Eye of the Law' & 'Scales of Retribution' are now on Kindle with both Amazon Uk and

Sun Jun 5 10:12:27 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Hi again Cora,
I got several other books from the Tara Book Shop.My grand daughters are now reading all about Alfie.I received very nice service but sadly they do not have a copy of 'Writ in Stone'. I am still looking ...there some hard back copies available at a high price.I am in Limbo with Mara as I don't want to proceed out of sequence. Guess its worth the wait tho,unless you know of anywhere that might sell copies.Thanks again

Sat Jun 4 22:49:26 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Could you give chapter and verse for your assertions? I have been through Egerton 88 (the Domhnall O'Davoren mss) in the British Library and I did not get that impression.
In any case, I am writing about a time almost sixty years earlier.

Fri May 27 16:02:03 2011

Conor Shinkins writes from Ireland
In your book My Lady Judge, you write that The Brehon had 6 students under her at her Law School, when in actual fact a learned Brehon was more likely to have many more students than that. We know this from surviving Brehon Legal Manuscripts such as that written by Domhnall O'Davoren and his students between the years 1564 and 1569 at his Law School at Cahermacnaghten in County Clare, now in ruins. This is the problem I have with writers writing fictionalized books based on true events, they very often don't have the expertise to write about about these subjects and fill in the gaps based on guess work, which is quite often incorrect.

Fri May 27 14:10:48 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Tony & Mary: the name, of course, was orginally de Burgo - it's of Norman origin, rather than Irish, though the Burkes, or Bourkes of Galway became more Irish than the Irish themselves.

Glad you enjoyed the books.

Thu May 19 17:15:50 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that 'Titanic - Voyage from Drumshee' is out-of-print, Anna. Wolfhound Press were taken over by Merlin who then went out of business. I got the rights back, but haven't done anything about getting it reprinted.
I'd say that the book is mainly suitable for Primary School children.
Yes, I was born in Cobh and lived there until 1942 when we moved to Cork because of the problems for my father trying to get ot work on a train that was fuelled by damp peat (turf).

Thu May 19 17:12:07 2011

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