Lucinda Sly book launch, taking place tomorrow!
Liberties Press is delighted to invite you to the launch of
Lucinda Sly − A Woman Hanged
by Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, Translated by Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Wednesday 3 April
Carlow Shopping Centre
With RTÉ's Daithí Ó Sé & Kathryn Thomas
as part of the Pan Celtic Festival
About the book
The Story of Lucinda Sly by renowned Irish language author, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé is based on events that took place in Carlow in 1834 and 1835. The novel tells the story of Lucinda Singleton, a widow who married a well-to-do farmer named Walter Sly. Suffering at the hands of her abusive husband – a drunkard and a brute – she conspires with her lover, John Dempsey, to murder him. Capturing the sentiment in Carlow at that time, the lovers were hanged side by side in public outside Carlow Gaol on 30 March, 1835.
The Story of Lucinda Sly was an award winner at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, 2008.
About the author-translator
Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952, in Moyvane, County Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school, from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is the author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in both English and Irish, as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from Irish into English and has edited a number of poetry anthologies in both languages. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts.
Related event: Walk in the footsteps of Lucinda Sly
Thursday 4 April, 11.00am
Carlow County Library
Take a historic walk from the library to Shamrock Square, Deighton Hall, Burrin Bridge, Carlow Shopping Centre, Carlow Museum and Nickel Restaurant. A unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Lucinda Sly!
Participants will hear the story of Lucinda’s life as a single girl, a married woman, a widow with a young child, her second marriage and the circumstances which drove her to murder her abusive husband. The story of the trial and the consequences will be told. There will be readings from the historical novel which bears her name.
Author Maidhc Dainín O Sé and translator Gabriel Fitzmaurice will read and Professor Paul Horan will give a short presentation on part of the work of Rev. Samuel Haughton.