Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Dennis Davis
Ms Harrison,

Just encountered your writing last evening - so far, delightful. Mom was born in Clare, and came to the western US in 1920. On my rare visits I spend most of my time in northern Clare where I've a few cousins. To read about the Burren in your novel brings back lovely memories.

Thank you, Dennis - Tucson

Mon Sep 18 17:53:01 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Many thanks for that, Ann. Glad you enjoyed the book, nevertheless.

Mon Sep 18 09:04:36 2017

Ann Boulanger writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison
I love your books on the Burren and also the Reverend Mother Mysteries. I am reading the book, BEYOND RESOLUTION, love the story but on p.122 I think there is a mistake in names while Eileen is in the closet, James O'Reilly is in the room taking drugs but in the second full paragraph it says Peter Doyle is a drug taker. Should have your publisher Severn House check for later editions.
Looking forward to rest of this book and future books.

Sun Sep 17 23:37:32 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Brenda,
How lovely to hear from you again. Do you know, it was only the other day that I picked up those beautifully warm mittens from Canada and thought that it will soon be time to wear them again. They bring back that very pleasant day when I met you and your friends in Ballyvaughan.

I'm delighted that you like my two latest books, 'Beyond Absolution' and 'Cardinal's Court'. I hugely enjoyed all the research for the latter but I suppose the Reverend Mother books have my heart, more as they bring back recollections of childhood and the stories from my parents who both lived through those turbulent days in the Cork of the 1920s.

Sat Sep 2 15:47:59 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm so very sorry, Laura, that I haven't answered you before now. The problem is that most of the places I know of in Connemara and that I would find inspiring would be impossible to reach by public transport.

I would suggest that you read Tim Robinson's book about Connemara - his work on the Aran Islands was immensely inspiring. You might just find inspiration there. Also, I would recommend his large scale map, which I think you will find on Aran. I possess his large scale map of the Burren and I find that brooding over it and finding something unusual like the ruins of an ancient flax mill, half way up a mountain, is enough to trigger a whole story in my mind.
I'm sorry that I can not be of more help.

Sat Sep 2 15:42:52 2017

Brenda writes from Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Greetings from Canada
Cora, I hope this message finds you well. I am heading back to Ireland next week and once again will enjoy memories of meeting you over tea in Ballyvaughn four years ago. My friend Eileen and I are enjoying "Cardinal's Court" and " Beyond Absolution". You will never know the hours of pleasure you have given, through our reading and discussions that have followed. Many thanks.

Sat Sep 2 12:59:03 2017

Laura Lee Yates writes from U.S.
Greetings from Colorado, where I'm both a writer of historical fiction and a librarian. I take great pleasure in recommending your Burren books to patrons, knowing they are in for a treat.
Now I have the great good fortune (a benefactor) to travel to Ireland and elsewhere, also, to research my next book, set partly in Connemara. I would be so grateful if you have the time and could recommend places of historical interest/experiences that would help me imagine the 1580s. Between September 12 and September 24th I'll be traveling by bus to AirB&Bs in Galway City, Clifden, Oughterard, Westport, Kinvarra, Knocknacarra, and Ennis before flying out of Shannon on the 25th (to Granada!) sounds rather exhausting writing it down, but I need to see and learn as much as possible.
I've felt shy about contacting you, but decided I'd go ahead. Any ideas about places to see/museums--really just about anything, will be most appreciated.
Publishers really are so shortsighted-- but I'm glad there is another book I haven't read yet. Your novels are well-loved here in our little Rocky Mountain town. With much gratitude-- Laura Lee Yates, author of "Bound for the Western Sea: The Canine Account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition."

Sat Aug 19 23:45:16 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Well, that made feel good! Just the sort of message that would boost any author's self-confidence. Thank you for going to the trouble of writing.

Thu Aug 17 18:01:59 2017

Rosalie Maggio writes from USA
You, your wicked-good writing, and your research are fabulous! I envy anyone reading you for the first time.

Thu Aug 17 17:22:14 2017

Sophie Frederickson writes from USA
I look forward to your discoveries!

Tue Aug 15 16:42:34 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a very interesting message.

I have often been intrigued by the realisation that medicine in Ireland, with its women doctors, took a different course to that of medicine as practised in England. The use of herbal remedies was of the utmost importance in Ireland and very little use of Greek-influenced ideas of 'humours' etc. found favour. Herbal remedies were the basis for cure sin medicines here.

I'm not sure if there were any native sources of copper, here on the Burren, but there certainly were copper mines in Kerry, also in the south-west of Ireland. I must explore some of your ideas!

Sun Aug 13 20:39:46 2017

Sophe Frederickson writes from USA
How pleased I was to read about many of my herbal friends in your book, Scales of Retribution. I'm an herbalist, and it was a pleasant surprise to find an author who knows about the magic of herbs. Yes, comfrey can be the culprit when people don't know how to use it. I broke my shoulder a few years ago, and used comfrey oil morning and night. In a short time the comfrey mended the bones in my shoulder. Plantain is another friend of mine. Stings from bees, wasps and spiders are no match for plantain who draws out the toxin and calms the wound. Were herbal waters made in Ireland using copper stills? I've just started the art, and now understand why it was so popular in the Middle Ages (and before). The herbal waters (hydrosols) keep for a year.

Sun Aug 13 19:25:55 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a wonderful compliment, Rosemary! I, too, have some special books which I value for their soothing effect when my mind is tired and I am immensely delighted to know that my books rank amongst these for you

Wed Aug 9 11:09:07 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Marlene,

Thank you for the warmth of your appreciation. I value your words very much. I too would like to do another book, or even two. There is a historical record of Domhnall O'Davoren being in charge of the law school and some wonderfully funny remarks, scribbled in the margins of the Brehon law books, by his students, including in a very dashing hand, the word, 'felicitations!' And signed by the female name of 'Sile'. What a book that would make.

Wed Aug 9 11:00:52 2017

Rosemary Dunaif writes from United States
Thank you sooooo much for the 'lady judge' series. I discovered the first one a month ago and have already finished the first 4. They are a delight and a balm to my soul.

Tue Aug 8 19:18:13 2017

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ireland (North)
I'm gutted. Publishers! it's a shame because I adore the series, in fact I'm re-reading it at the moment.
Maybe it's for the best as I'd hate to see the English encroach on their Celtic way of life - even if my head knows it eventually happened.

Maybe they will publish a rounding up story to tie all the loose ends together - who knows.

thanks for sharing your talent


Tue Aug 8 12:57:20 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm afraid that 'The Unjust Judge', book 14, is the last book.

Or so the publisher says at this moment. No doubt if sales picked up, he could be persuaded to do another one.

It's a shame, but obviously publishers are in the business to make the maximum profit.

Thu Aug 3 11:19:41 2017

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ni
Sorry for hassling you but do you know when The next Burren novel will be published

Thu Aug 3 10:53:55 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope you have a lovely time, Marlene. Oddly, we are going to the Highlands of Scotland in September. I suppose it is all about having a change and a break!

Do introduce your two dogs to Fanore Beach and its sand dunes. Our dogs love it. It's not too far from the village of Ballyvaughan.

Oh, and do make sure that you see Mullaghmore Mountain. If you are coming from the village of Kilfenora, turn right just after the ruined church in Kilnaboy and then just keep going straight for about fifteen minutes until you see the mountain (as above on this guest page). You can park on the main road, or you can drive along the little road to the right and park just at the foot of the mountain itself.

Sun Jul 30 11:52:25 2017

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ireland, Down
My husband and I and not forgetting the two dogs are coming to Galway in September. We have planned a trip to the Buren and I am in the precession of re reading the whole Burren series.

Thank you for writing such a wonderful series. I can't wait for the next Mara instalment, although I am also enjoying the Reverend Mother series also

If I see you on the Burren I'll wave 😀

Sun Jul 30 11:21:24 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I suppose that 'The Cardinal's Court' is more of a book for midwinter with flickering candles and blazing wood fires.

Nevertheless, I hope you are enjoying it and that you will find the conclusion to be satisfactory.

Presumably it's now out in the U.S. I think I saw a review on

Yes, I think the Burren is the most beautiful place that I have seen and Brehon Law totally admirable.

Many thanks for writing.

Sun Jun 25 20:48:39 2017

Karen Jeffrey writes from USA
It's a sunny Sunday afternoon with a cooling breeze as I sit outback with a cup of coffee and "The Cardinal's Court." The only thing that would improve the situation is having someone fetch me another cup of coffee.
Your books are so enjoyable, particularly the ones that let me re-visit Co. Clare, one of my favorite places. Thank you so much for bringing these books into the world.

Sun Jun 25 19:23:15 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Claire,

I've made a bit of a mess of this. I'm working from IPad and also I forgot that only a limited amount of words fit into each section so you will have to read the three messages from the bottom up.

I think the most interesting aspect is that the citizens were very lukewarm about revolution. Certainly my fathe, born in 1896, and a young solicitor in the time of which I write, thought to the end of his days, that it was all a great mistake and that it added to the great poverty in the country.

It's all immensely complicated and very hard to explain, but I would be delighted to answer any questions that may arise.

Thank you again for your interest.

Sun May 28 22:54:06 2017

Cora (third section)
The remnants of the defeated Easter Rising Army were then encouraged to form a new political party which they called Sinn Finn (Ourselves Alone). They decided to aim for total independence, from Britain forming a new state called the Irish Republic, and raise an army which they did and named it the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
After the return of the soldiers from the war (1918) an election was held by the British which Sinn Fein, by fair means or foul, won a majority of members of parliament.
Then Sinn Fein engaged in a guerrilla war against the British administration. Eventually the British government agreed to partition the country between those that wanted independence and those who wished fed to remain in the United Kingdom.
Those we have a part of Ireland still within the United Kingdom, called Northern Ireland, thus leaving to continued conflict.
To the Revolutionaries, the reunification of northern Ireland with southern Ireland is the goal still to be achieved.

Sun May 28 22:41:20 2017

There was a small movement of anti-British poets, writers and idealists who decided to form an army which struck in Dublin in 1916 but was crushed after one week of fighting. This has gone down in history as the ‘Easter Rising’. The overwhelming initial view of the Irish population at the time was condemnatory. However, the decision by the British to execute the leaders created martyrs, and numerous poems and songs were written glorifying the dead, including the famous ‘Easter 1916’ poem by W.B. Yeats.Three months later in July 1916 the British initiated the terrible Battle of the Somme in which tens of thousands of Irish were killed, producing thousands of a telegrams to an already disillusioned population.

Sun May 28 22:35:05 2017

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