Saturday, August 18, 2018
Today at Castle Hill, Jerseyside, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, at 2 p.m. the launch of Stagehead Publishing (plus a mini concert of Irish ballads to celebrate the homeland)
This is the story of Darrell’s 4th Great Grandfather, Edward “Red” Houlihan – his struggles in Ireland in the 1700s and his subsequent journeys to Newfoundland, Little Placentia/Marquise, in particular.
Whether you’re a Houlihan from Argentia/Fox Harbour, Merasheen/Jerseyside, a Fitzpatrick from Marquise/Freshwater (his only daughter, Ellen, named for his murdered wife, married Ed Fitzpatrick), or feel or know you’re remotely related to a Houlihan, this man was your forefather.
If you’re of Irish descent in general, Red Houlihan represents the many who suffered at the hands of the British in Ireland for multiple centuries and those who had the resolve to flee from the tyranny and to settle in Newfoundland.
Or if you just love history and a good story……
Castle Hill National Historic Site/Parks Canada, Jerseyside, Placentia Bay, NL, will play host to the first launch of Darrell Duke’s new book, a historical-fiction novel entitled “An Irish Tale of Leaving” on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. After signings, Duke will perform a min-concert of Irish ballads on acoustic guitar and vocals to honour the story’s primary setting, Ireland.
All Original Music Concert
$20 Advance/$22 At the Door
COMING SOON FROM STAGEHEAD PUBLISHING
New Book: “An Irish Tale of Leaving”
Ireland. 1778. The British have been ruling here for centuries. Edward “Red” Houlihan is a rebel – an Irishman continually rejecting the tyranny of his country’s invaders. Red travels from his home island, Inis Meáin, in Galway Bay to the mainland where he continues his journeys on his faithful horse, Bolg.
Red retrieves his wife, Ellen, and their son, John. He plans to take them away, leave Ireland for good, across the ocean to a place called Newfoundland. To avoid capture, Red decides to run down three British soldiers blocking their path. Upon the family’s escape, one of the soldiers fires his musket. Ellen is shot in the back. She allows herself to fall off the horse to lighten the load, so Red and John may have a better chance of surviving.
Will Ellen live? Will Red ever find her? Will he seek revenge or carry out his plan in order to save his son’s life?
Soon available in both paperback and e-book editions!
“Thursday’s Storm: The August Gale of 1927” (Flanker Press, 2013)