June 27, 2019

I'll be speaking at the Wexford Literary Festival at Enniscorthy Castle on Saturday, July 6th. It's a free event (and you can check out all the details HERE) where I'll be chatting about all things Normans, Vikings, 12th century and writing historical fiction - if I do...

May 10, 2019

There aren't many historical sites in Ireland with the importance that Bannow Island has. In itself the island (which is no longer an island!) is rather dull and even those who make it important probably only spent a week camping on its shores. Yet it was from this pla...

May 10, 2019

In the 17th century, Sir John Davies, the Attorney General for King James I stated, “There is no nation of people under the sunne that doth love equal and indifferent justice better than the Irish; or will rest better satisfied with the execution thereof although it be...

May 10, 2019

It was, on May 1 2019, 850 years to the day since Robert FitzStephen and his small armada of three ships landed at Bannow Bay in County Wexford, an act which heralded the beginning of the Norman takeover of much of Ireland.

To commemorate those events, the village of Ca...

May 10, 2019

Driving down Bannow Bay in County Wexford in the direction of Baginbun Head, I stumbled upon a glorious view of Tintern Abbey from Saltmills.

The home of the Colclough ("Cokeley") family from the Elizabethan era, it was first established as a Cistercian priory which he...

April 30, 2019

When you think of Regimental Sergeant Major Patrick Augustine Harper you probably think of Daragh O’Malley’s superb performance in the role in the Sharpe ITV series.

The actor’s curly-hair dark hair and swarthy appearance, his distinct southern brogue that points to his...

March 18, 2019

Firstly, welcome to all the new members of the conrois!

Hundreds of people have signed up, liked, followed, enlisted, and friended across my social media channels since I announced the St Patrick's Day giveaway of copies of The Earl Strongbow a few days ago. Hopefully y...

March 14, 2019

In celebration of that most holy of holy days I have decided to do a St Patrick's Day giveaway!

What’s on offer? Three signed paperback copies of my greenest book, The Earl Strongbow, on this most emerald of weekends.

To enter, simply give me a follow and a retweet on...

March 4, 2019

Some of Ireland's most ancient wonders happen to be sited just on my doorstep in Tyrone. A few months ago I went up into the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains with my phone and took a walk around the amazing stone circles at Beaghmore.

Check out the wondrous Neolithic...

June 29, 2018

Scheming? Murder? 12th century England? Set with the backdrop of one of the most important creations in history?

EM Powell’s new novel, The King’s Justice, ticks all the boxes.

It is 1176 – the height of King Henry II’s reign - and Aelred Barling and his assistant, Hugo...

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