"A Woman Hanged"
"Maidhc Dainin O Se"
Translated from the Irish by Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Sophie Rose Williamson
"Here Come The Girls"
As you can clearly see I am without an Irish Typewriter. I left my As Gaeilge behind me in the Irish Defence Forces. Thinking about it now I haven't thought much about our treasured native language since handing in my green backpack. Yet something about Carlow stirred up my cultural background. Infused in Carlow Shopping Centre was a unique mix of timespast with echoe's of a modern twist. Strange as it seemed, Peter Marks sits silently near the old mortuary. Quite close in proximity to the Old Governers Office. You see Carlow Shopping Centre was once the old goal or prison.
We made our way along medium sized, grey rounded cobblestones. Blackpanther Press's new author wore unsuitable cobblestone shoes. One has to experience this level of Sex in the City urban shoe disaster to never repeat. Back up ballet pumps next time for aspiring interns and all newby authors. Couture and Cobblestones, well they don't really mix.
Cue Carrie - I love her and her shoes
After numerous wrong turns, we were warmly greeted by a group of excited young men,
"Are ye famous" they asked. I was never so delighted.
"Don't look as if your lost" I whispered. Oh booklaunches, the glamour the glitz darling. But wait for this bit, the title.
A Woman Hanged
I wondered to myself. Now how are Liberties Press going to turn this title and cover into a glamouras event. Well it seems executions in the 1800's were scenes of great public excitment. We arrived. Shortly afterwards two hugely successful celebrities arrived.
Nobody told me how incredibly beautiful Kathryn Thomas was. That was embarrasing. Don't keep looking. I whispered over and over again. Yet her statuesque figure and tanned, effortlessly glowing skin and smile made it a little bit difficult. Presence I was in the presence of stars. Shortly followed by Daithi O Se, one time ferry driver, butcher and now national household celebrity name. Also very polished skin. Memo to moi its time to get microdermabrasion machine. But where to find one.
Lucinda Sly - Lucinda Singleton
Re-enactment of eerry execution takes place "Scarrry"
Tales of Mortuaries and Governers Offices's
Speeches and Dialogue from
The Author Daithi O Se
Translator Gabrielle Fitzmaurice
Am slightly traumatised. Co colleauge also slightly traumatised.
"The food is lovely" she says so so so quietly.
"Don't make a move until the speeches are over" I advised. This is seen as vaarry rude in celebrity circles.
Tales of Ghosts tantalising tricks, lucinda's ghost still lurks and creeps around the corridoors it seems. Tantalising tricks unless she infact doesnt like you.
Next Up is Trinity Professor of Nursing and Midwifery. Am slightly in awe.
Have friends who lecture regularly in the great Irish Institution that is Trinity. But a professor of Nursing and Midwifery. Well that was strange.
I just watched circle of friends by Maeve Binchy the other night. I watch that movie over and over again. Especially if am feeling like a little dumpling, fat and old and past it. I feel like that on a regular basis.
"Left on the Shelf"
"Chewed Up and Spat Out"
Well its all very demoralising. So I reach for Minnie Driver, Circle of Friends.
Getting Back to Lucinda Sly and Her Haunting Ghost
Countdown to Clouds....
Lucinda Sly tells the story of Lucinda Singleton, a widowed mother who married Walter Sly, a well to do farmer. He was a drunkard and a brute who so abused his wife that she and her lover, their farm hand John Dempsey, conspired to murder him. They were hanged side by side in public outside Carlow Goal on March 30, 1835.
Lucinda Sly draws a vivid picture of nineteenth-century Ireland, revealing what often a harsh and unjust society. A haunting and vibrant tale that will remain with you.
Lucinda Sly was an award winner at Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2008.
Published by Liberties Press
with Irish Author
Sophie Rose Williamosn
Trinity Professor approaches. I am going to study law. So on and so forth I try to feel less scarred. A very nice man it seems.
Intern and aspiring newly signed childrens author Patricia Clancy also agrees. Our nerves settle down.
"13 seconds, it is a precise piece of physics and enginneering"
"It only takes 13 seconds, life is snuffed out"
"O.k." I sighed. Well now if one is not trained in the fine art of executions, then one could have an untimely and rather grotesque death. Am put off trying to hang myself ever again. That is it. I am cured. All the details are delivered to me. My sincere thanks to Trinity College and the Professor of Nursing and Midwifery for actually drilling reality into me. Its not funny to try to do that to ones self.
Liberties Press Publisher
My heartfelt thanks to Maidh Dainin O Se, Gabriel Fitzmaurice & the entire team at Liberties Press. Collectively you appeared, saving me and countless others I suspect from the awful afflictions of self harm and suicide. This was the other side of the copper coin which
Lucinda Sly - A Woman Hanged
Threw My Way, one bright April Day.