A first generation Irish American, I was born in New York City but later moved to Florida.
When I retired as a doctor after 30 years, my wife and I sold our house in Florida and moved to Costa Rica. Carol was also first generation Irish American, I called her my Galway Girl, and Carol and I enjoyed the simple life in a wooden house, surrounded by beautiful tropical rainforest.
After just two years, my wife died suddenly and her tragic death left me lost. I filled my time painting pictures and I found that the subject matter was almost always Ireland. After some months, I realised that the one place I had been truly happy was back in Ireland and that, if I was ever to find happiness again, I should start there. It was time to sell my tropical paradise and re-discover my roots.
I began to peruse websites and search out Facebook pages about the Emerald Isle and one particular page stood out from all the others. The administrator of the page not only posted some of the most stunning pictures of Ireland but also provided beautiful prose to go along with them. Madeleine and I became firm friends and, during the course of our online chats, she finally convinced me that I had a story in me. Much to her surprise, and a little to mine, there was more than one story in me.
Some people kiss the Blarney stone but it seems that I must have bitten a hunk out of it. ‘The Journeyman’ is Book One of ‘The Tipperary Trilogy’ and, thanks to Madeleine, part one of the Hogan Saga. ‘Safe Home’ is Book Two and the third book is underway but, as yet, untitled.
All good stories need a happy ending and Irish ones are no exception. I now live in a thatched cottage in a tiny Tipperary village. Finally, I’m home.
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