I’m working on the third book in the Star O’Brien series. I’m about seventy pages into the first draft and one or two chapters from the first plot twist.
I’ve set many of the scenes in Turlough, County Mayo. Lots of reasons why I decided to do this. One of which has to do with the mystery’s theme (more about this at a later date). Most importantly, Turlough is a place in Mayo that steals your heart and captures your soul. Turlough (meaning dry lake) is also the site of the Turlough Museum of Country Life and one of Ireland’s best preserved round towers.
Turlough’s round tower dates to the 9th century. Irish monks built the towers as a refuge from the Vikings. The tower’s belfry rang out to call the monks in from the fields for prayer. And, sometimes, the bells warned of an impending attack. The tower is surrounded by the Old Turlough Cemetery. Grave sites, including my great grandparents’, dot the landscape that falls away from the tower.
The tower and the cemetery sit on a rise overlooking the fields and Turlough lake which are now part of the Turlough Museum. I’ve stood on that rise many times to contemplate the landscape’s beauty.
I look forward to sharing more with you about the third book in the Star O’Brien series. You might want to sign up for my newsletter. In the meanwhile, here’s a picture of the Turlough round tower.
Enjoy and keep the love going. And, if you want to read the first two books in the series, follow this link: http://martha-geaney/books