I’m no historian, but I do like the subject (I even managed to get an Honours degree in it after much sweat and tears). I also like to write historical fiction. The idea is to collate interesting snippets from the past, things which spark an interest and maybe even a story or two. I’ve worked as a journalist in national newspapers for 26 years. I have written three novels following my character Liam Mannion – Tan, set during the Irish War of Independence, The Golden Grave, which is set in the old battlefields of World War One, A Time of Traitors, which follows Liam as he tries to unmask a traitor within the ranks of the IRA, and Patriots’ Blood, where finds Liam battling old friends during Ireland’s Civil War. I’ve also written a modern thriller (High Crimes).
In the course of my research, I have come across what I think are interesting facts, which you might like to read. Please feel free to contribute some of your own information, and let’s finally get the bit players of history that bit of recognition they truly deserve.
– David Lawlor