Colm Herron's Blog (11)

3rd of July 1970: Day of Treachery

Shortly after the death of Martin McGuinness, I listened to a radio discussion about the Provisional IRA and its origins. Among the contributors was Ruth Dudley Edwards, the self-professed revisionist historian. At one stage in the programme, I heard her say, “I…

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Added by Colm Herron on April 7, 2017 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments

Francis Stuart: Nazi Sympathizer? Man Of Integrity? Or Fool?

In 1961 a great Irish writer called Francis Stuart wrote a novel the like of which had not been seen before. It was entitled Black List Section H, and it didn’t find a publisher for eight years because Stuart had been banished from the literary world. In 1939, shortly before the…

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Added by Colm Herron on March 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

My First Love

The first time I fell in love was in the children’s section of Brooke Park library. I was 11 and she was 10, and her name was Josephine and she had so many freckles on her face that she was a haze of delight.

It didn’t take long for me to work out that she changed…

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Added by Colm Herron on February 13, 2017 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Summer of '73

I still remember the whole thing like it was yesterday. Summer of '73 and me standing on the kitchen table in my Uncle Dan’s house in Forest Park singing Bad, Bad Leroy…

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Added by Colm Herron on January 11, 2017 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

American Psycho? Three Thoughts About Trump

By way of introduction I should tell you that I have great affection for the United States of America. Just over a century ago most of my uncles and aunts migrated from a dirt-poor part of Donegal to settle in Chicago. If my mother hadn’t married a…

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Added by Colm Herron on December 5, 2016 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

'The Wake' - #1 in Historical Irish Fiction

I've just had the pleasure of seeing my novel, The Wake (And What Jeremiah Did Next), reach #1 Best Seller status in Irish Historical Fiction on Amazon. And the news has given me exactly what I need to work harder on the new novel I'm currently…
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Added by Colm Herron on November 14, 2016 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

'Brooklyn': Film Versus Novel

There’s a saying we have in Ireland that you’d nearly think was coined for Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn. Namely, if you’ve the name of getting up early in the morning you can lie…

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Added by Colm Herron on November 13, 2016 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

The Wake That Woke the Dead

I’ve heard of life imitating art, but the only time I ever saw death imitating it was at Samuel John MacPherson’s wake…

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Added by Colm Herron on October 24, 2016 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The Heifer: A Pub Story

Most of the stuff in my novels comes from my imagination but I owe a fair amount of what I write to a pub called The Rocking Chair where there’s such a variety of characters that you’d need…

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Added by Colm Herron on October 4, 2016 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

The Disappearing Ireland





Both of my parents were from County Donegal here in Ireland, and there can’t be many areas more deprived and remote…

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Added by Colm Herron on September 13, 2016 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

Every Writer Thrives and Survives on Memories

On a July day nearly 130 years ago, an unknown and homesick young Irish writer trudged along a busy London street. He stopped suddenly and stood still, for he thought he could hear the tinkling of water in the midst of the bustling thoroughfare.…

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Added by Colm Herron on August 25, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

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