Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Marlene,

Thank you for the warmth of your appreciation. I value your words very much. I too would like to do another book, or even two. There is a historical record of Domhnall O'Davoren being in charge of the law school and some wonderfully funny remarks, scribbled in the margins of the Brehon law books, by his students, including in a very dashing hand, the word, 'felicitations!' And signed by the female name of 'Sile'. What a book that would make.

Wed Aug 9 11:00:52 2017

Rosemary Dunaif writes from United States
Thank you sooooo much for the 'lady judge' series. I discovered the first one a month ago and have already finished the first 4. They are a delight and a balm to my soul.

Tue Aug 8 19:18:13 2017

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ireland (North)
I'm gutted. Publishers! it's a shame because I adore the series, in fact I'm re-reading it at the moment.
Maybe it's for the best as I'd hate to see the English encroach on their Celtic way of life - even if my head knows it eventually happened.

Maybe they will publish a rounding up story to tie all the loose ends together - who knows.

thanks for sharing your talent


Tue Aug 8 12:57:20 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm afraid that 'The Unjust Judge', book 14, is the last book.

Or so the publisher says at this moment. No doubt if sales picked up, he could be persuaded to do another one.

It's a shame, but obviously publishers are in the business to make the maximum profit.

Thu Aug 3 11:19:41 2017

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ni
Sorry for hassling you but do you know when The next Burren novel will be published

Thu Aug 3 10:53:55 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope you have a lovely time, Marlene. Oddly, we are going to the Highlands of Scotland in September. I suppose it is all about having a change and a break!

Do introduce your two dogs to Fanore Beach and its sand dunes. Our dogs love it. It's not too far from the village of Ballyvaughan.

Oh, and do make sure that you see Mullaghmore Mountain. If you are coming from the village of Kilfenora, turn right just after the ruined church in Kilnaboy and then just keep going straight for about fifteen minutes until you see the mountain (as above on this guest page). You can park on the main road, or you can drive along the little road to the right and park just at the foot of the mountain itself.

Sun Jul 30 11:52:25 2017

Marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ireland, Down
My husband and I and not forgetting the two dogs are coming to Galway in September. We have planned a trip to the Buren and I am in the precession of re reading the whole Burren series.

Thank you for writing such a wonderful series. I can't wait for the next Mara instalment, although I am also enjoying the Reverend Mother series also

If I see you on the Burren I'll wave 😀

Sun Jul 30 11:21:24 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I suppose that 'The Cardinal's Court' is more of a book for midwinter with flickering candles and blazing wood fires.

Nevertheless, I hope you are enjoying it and that you will find the conclusion to be satisfactory.

Presumably it's now out in the U.S. I think I saw a review on

Yes, I think the Burren is the most beautiful place that I have seen and Brehon Law totally admirable.

Many thanks for writing.

Sun Jun 25 20:48:39 2017

Karen Jeffrey writes from USA
It's a sunny Sunday afternoon with a cooling breeze as I sit outback with a cup of coffee and "The Cardinal's Court." The only thing that would improve the situation is having someone fetch me another cup of coffee.
Your books are so enjoyable, particularly the ones that let me re-visit Co. Clare, one of my favorite places. Thank you so much for bringing these books into the world.

Sun Jun 25 19:23:15 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Claire,

I've made a bit of a mess of this. I'm working from IPad and also I forgot that only a limited amount of words fit into each section so you will have to read the three messages from the bottom up.

I think the most interesting aspect is that the citizens were very lukewarm about revolution. Certainly my fathe, born in 1896, and a young solicitor in the time of which I write, thought to the end of his days, that it was all a great mistake and that it added to the great poverty in the country.

It's all immensely complicated and very hard to explain, but I would be delighted to answer any questions that may arise.

Thank you again for your interest.

Sun May 28 22:54:06 2017

Cora (third section)
The remnants of the defeated Easter Rising Army were then encouraged to form a new political party which they called Sinn Finn (Ourselves Alone). They decided to aim for total independence, from Britain forming a new state called the Irish Republic, and raise an army which they did and named it the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
After the return of the soldiers from the war (1918) an election was held by the British which Sinn Fein, by fair means or foul, won a majority of members of parliament.
Then Sinn Fein engaged in a guerrilla war against the British administration. Eventually the British government agreed to partition the country between those that wanted independence and those who wished fed to remain in the United Kingdom.
Those we have a part of Ireland still within the United Kingdom, called Northern Ireland, thus leaving to continued conflict.
To the Revolutionaries, the reunification of northern Ireland with southern Ireland is the goal still to be achieved.

Sun May 28 22:41:20 2017

There was a small movement of anti-British poets, writers and idealists who decided to form an army which struck in Dublin in 1916 but was crushed after one week of fighting. This has gone down in history as the ‘Easter Rising’. The overwhelming initial view of the Irish population at the time was condemnatory. However, the decision by the British to execute the leaders created martyrs, and numerous poems and songs were written glorifying the dead, including the famous ‘Easter 1916’ poem by W.B. Yeats.Three months later in July 1916 the British initiated the terrible Battle of the Somme in which tens of thousands of Irish were killed, producing thousands of a telegrams to an already disillusioned population.

Sun May 28 22:35:05 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
During the period between 1900 and the commencement of the First World War (1914) there was agitation in Ireland for Home Rule which was the transfer of some powers of government, not independence. At the outbreak of the war 200,000 Irishmen volunteered to join the British Army which, out of a total population of four million, was a considerable slice of the population. Conscription (in America ‘the draft’) was never introduced in Ireland and by the end of the war it is estimated that by the end of the war, 50,000 or one quarter of all the volunteers were killed, and an unknown number wounded. The continuous arrival of telegrams to the villages and cities informing of the death of family members had a disquieting effect

Sun May 28 22:29:33 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Claire,

I am flattered and so appreciative to be chosen by you as worthy of study.

Let me think about it - I have been imersed in Tudor England with my latest series, The Cardinal's Court, and need to switch my mind back.

I'll get back to you about the same time tomorrow.

Many thanks - what a wonderful idea!


Sat May 27 23:57:45 2017

Claire Altheuser writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,

The History Through Mystery class of the Chico, California OLLI (Osher Life Ling Learning Institute) chapter is to be "A Shameful Murder". I chose this book because of its exposure of the Irish Revolution, which we here in America hardly understand. Another reason for my choice is the fact that "My Lady Judge" is one of the favorite books among the four sections of this class from all that we have read in the past four years. Most of us have read the series in full.

Is there any aspect of the revolution (which I think is still ongoing) that you would care to expand on for us? Perhaps you could explain some of the problems still to be resolved and if you see any resolution soon. Any information that you could send that would add to our appreciation of the novel would be greatly appreciated.

You are an excellent writer, and I thank you for providing us with these books. When the last section of the class is over, I would be pleased to let you know about the comments made.

Best wishes for your continued success,

Claire Altheuser
Class leader

Fri May 26 21:15:10 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's interesting - and this is something that I know from my father who was a newly qualified solicitor at the time - but when Ireland got its freedom from England there was a certain debate among lawyers as to whether they would try to use Brehon law in the country. Unfortunately, it seemed like too much work to bring the laws up-to-date and so Ireland went on using English law, basically, just a few changes.

It's a shame because Brehon law was so community based and so humanitarian, and so very modern! I like the fact that disabled people were protected against misuse and it was offence to mock them and they had to be cared for by their relatives and by the community.

I'm afraid I don't know of any tour operators, but there are people here who do guided walks. The Burren is quite a small place - only 100 square miles, ten miles by ten miles, and a good guide book would allow you to see what interests you.

If you do come, please get in touch and I'll suggest some interesting places.

Fri May 19 20:31:18 2017

Myra Jerome writes from Canada
Dear Cora, I've only just discovered your Mara of the Burren books. As a retired lawyer & Small Claims Court judge from Nova Scotia, Canada, I can definitely relate to Mara. How I wish we had her Brehon system of justice! I'm contemplating a trip to western Ireland to visit the Burren & Galway. Are you able to refer me to any sanctioned guided tour operators? Thank you ever so much, Myra Jerome

Fri May 19 19:37:44 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you for your suggestion, Jean.

I never thought about reading aloud, before, and as a great advocate of reading aloud, I do see your point.
I will do my best to get publishers to see the point of this!

Thank you for your praise. I am very touched by it.

Mon May 8 18:11:16 2017

Jean Semrau writes from United States
Thank you for the marvelous Burren series! I wonder if in a future book you might include a note about pronunciation of some of the often-used Gaelic help to those of us who'd like to read your stories aloud.

Now I look forward to beginning the Reverend Mother series. Thank you again for bringing such pleasure into my life.

Mon May 8 06:20:20 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
You don't know how heart-warming it is to get a message like that, Fiona!

I'm absolutely delighted that you liked the Hampton Court Mystery. A new venture for me, but I so enjoyed writing it.

Sat Apr 29 21:41:19 2017

Fiona writes from England
It's always a pleasure to know that a new Cora Harrison book is due out but this week there have been two - how good is that!

A Reverend Mother book and The Cardinal's Court, featuring Hugh Mac Egan.

Being the first in a new series, I had to read The Cardinal's Court first -
and Hugh Mac Egan is set to become one of my favourite characters along with Mara and The Reverend Mother. I hope he will have many more outings?

Thank you for creating such interesting characters and stories. If I had a time machine I think I'd like to go and visit Mara!

I'm off to catch up with The Reverend Mother now.

Sat Apr 29 12:29:36 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Well, if you do come over, Sonia, you must take a boat trip from Doolin and go on a sea trip beneath the cliffs of Moher, it's a fantastic and awe-inspiring experience! And, of course, visit the water spout on top of the cliffs, also.

Sun Apr 23 08:38:43 2017

Sonia Costa writes from Australia
Hi Cora
Have just finished reading "An Unjust Judge". Enjoyed the Burren series

and one day would love to visit all the places in the photo album.

Looking forward to reading the Reverend Mother Series too.

Cheers Sonia

Sun Apr 23 08:10:57 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, 3rd class St. Conaire's Shannon, Co. Clare!

I remember coming to your school, long ago, when I wasn't so old as I am now.

I remember telling the children how I got the idea for 'Nuala & Her Secret Wolf'

It was the middle of the night... not a dark, dark night, but a night full of silver moonshine. My Alsatian dog (looked a little like a wolf) wanted to go out and I took her up to the ancient iron age fort on our land.

And while we stood there, I noticed, with a shiver of fear, that my dog was growling, very quietly, almost under breath.
And that all the hairs on the back of her neck, and right down her back, all the hair was standing on end....

Fri Mar 31 14:47:53 2017

Mrs Eisenberg writes from Ireland
Hello Cora,
here in the class now with all the boys and girls looking up! We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed 'Nuala and Her Secret Wolf.' Kuba said it was the best book ever! The boys and girls loved the book and will now look out for other written by you.
Best of luck,
3rd class St. Conaire's Shannon, Co. Clare.

Fri Mar 31 13:55:34 2017

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