Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Brenda writes from Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Greetings from Canada
Cora, I hope this message finds you well. I am heading back to Ireland next week and once again will enjoy memories of meeting you over tea in Ballyvaughn four years ago. My friend Eileen and I are enjoying "Cardinal's Court" and " Beyond Absolution". You will never know the hours of pleasure you have given, through our reading and discussions that have followed. Many thanks.

Sat Sep 2 12:59:03 2017

Laura Lee Yates writes from U.S.
Greetings from Colorado, where I'm both a writer of historical fiction and a librarian. I take great pleasure in recommending your Burren books to patrons, knowing they are in for a treat.
Now I have the great good fortune (a benefactor) to travel to Ireland and elsewhere, also, to research my next book, set partly in Connemara. I would be so grateful if you have the time and could recommend places of historical interest/experiences that would help me imagine the 1580s. Between September 12 and September 24th I'll be traveling by bus to AirB&Bs in Galway City, Clifden, Oughterard, Westport, Kinvarra, Knocknacarra, and Ennis before flying out of Shannon on the 25th (to Granada!) sounds rather exhausting writing it down, but I need to see and learn as much as possible.
I've felt shy about contacting you, but decided I'd go ahead. Any ideas about places to see/museums--really just about anything, will be most appreciated.
Publishers really are so shortsighted-- but I'm glad there is another book I haven't read yet. Your novels are well-loved here in our little Rocky Mountain town. With much gratitude-- Laura Lee Yates, author of "Bound for the Western Sea: The Canine Account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition."

Sat Aug 19 23:45:16 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Well, that made feel good! Just the sort of message that would boost any author's self-confidence. Thank you for going to the trouble of writing.

Thu Aug 17 18:01:59 2017

Rosalie Maggio writes from USA
You, your wicked-good writing, and your research are fabulous! I envy anyone reading you for the first time.

Thu Aug 17 17:22:14 2017

Sophie Frederickson writes from USA
I look forward to your discoveries!

Tue Aug 15 16:42:34 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a very interesting message.

I have often been intrigued by the realisation that medicine in Ireland, with its women doctors, took a different course to that of medicine as practised in England. The use of herbal remedies was of the utmost importance in Ireland and very little use of Greek-influenced ideas of 'humours' etc. found favour. Herbal remedies were the basis for cure sin medicines here.

I'm not sure if there were any native sources of copper, here on the Burren, but there certainly were copper mines in Kerry, also in the south-west of Ireland. I must explore some of your ideas!

Sun Aug 13 20:39:46 2017

Sophe Frederickson writes from USA
How pleased I was to read about many of my herbal friends in your book, Scales of Retribution. I'm an herbalist, and it was a pleasant surprise to find an author who knows about the magic of herbs. Yes, comfrey can be the culprit when people don't know how to use it. I broke my shoulder a few years ago, and used comfrey oil morning and night. In a short time the comfrey mended the bones in my shoulder. Plantain is another friend of mine. Stings from bees, wasps and spiders are no match for plantain who draws out the toxin and calms the wound. Were herbal waters made in Ireland using copper stills? I've just started the art, and now understand why it was so popular in the Middle Ages (and before). The herbal waters (hydrosols) keep for a year.

Sun Aug 13 19:25:55 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a wonderful compliment, Rosemary! I, too, have some special books which I value for their soothing effect when my mind is tired and I am immensely delighted to know that my books rank amongst these for you

Wed Aug 9 11:09:07 2017

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

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