Keem Bay Beach Ranked as Number One

Keem Bay, Achill Island just ranked as number one in the world. Just in time, because a heat wave hit Ireland recently with 30 degree centigrade temperatures. That’ s about 90 for us folks who use Fahrenheit. Wow! That is hot.

Picture of the Atlantic Ocean and Cliffs on Achill Island
Attribution: (Callum Black / Cliffs near Achill Head)

I’ve been in Ireland several times when the temperatures heated up. And, without air conditioning in the cottage or the car, it can get downright sticky. But luckily, County Mayo has some of the most beautiful beaches in world. You will find one of several of those beaches on Achill Island. The beach which ranked as number one rests against Keem Bay!

Keem Bay is one of those magical places! To get there, you cross the bridge onto Achill Island. And then you move along “Atlantic Drive”. Whatever you do, keep your eyes on the road. The ocean swirls against the rocky, sharp-edged coast below! You will pass by Ashleam Bay, Dooeega, the Meenaun Cliffs, Keel, Doagh, and then finally at the end of a narrow, corkscrew road, you come to the end of the line: Keem Bay.

Picture of Keem Bay beach on Achill Island.
Keem Bay, Achill Island (Photo author: Sergio on Wikimedia Creative Commons Usage 2.0)

I’ve been to Keem Bay many times. It’s beauty is planted in my brain. I’ve even dreamed of swimming there with the dolphins.

What about you? Where do you go to in your mind when you need to escape the heat?

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My Cozy Ink Podcast Interview is LIVE!

Excited to share the link to my Cozy Ink Podcast interview. I have to admit I was nervous at first but Leah is a wonderful interviewer. We talked about the series heroine, Star O’Brien and why she is in Ireland. I also shared what it is like to be an American writing a series that is set in another country. Here’s the link to the interview:

Leah is the creative force behind and host of the Cozy Ink Podcast interview series. Fans get to listen to their favorite authors about a variety of topics, including new releases, characters, and mystery adventures. Leah also interviews authors about their writing process. I expect that portion of our interview will be broadcast at another time. If you’d like to know about the award winning author, Leah Bailey, you reach her at: Leah Bailey’s web site. Leah is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

I do hope you enjoy listening to the interview. Here’s the link again: Listen to Martha’s Interview with Leah Bailey You may just learn something you don’t already know about Star O’Brien.

Happy Listening!

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Irish American Mom blog features my guest post

I’m guest blogging on Mairead’s Irish American Mom’s web site this Saturday, June 5. Be sure to click on over there to read my post. The post is about why I set my books in Ireland. To celebrate, I’ve donated autographed copies of the first two books in the Star O’Brien County Mayo mystery series. Follow this link to Mairead’s web site and enjoy the read.

So, until next time, here’s to a great start of your June.

What is it about Ireland?

What is it about Ireland that you love? The landscape, the history, the thin places, the Atlantic views? These are all things to love about Ireland..

but what I love most are the people.

I fell in love when I was four years old with my County Mayo aunts and uncles. I often think about what keeps bringing me back. What is it that I cannot wait to get back to? My heart and yes, I will admit, my soul, yearns for Ireland and the people I miss seeing.

These people are friends from my boarding school days in St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy in Castlebar and my first cousins. We may be 3,000 miles apart but they have always been there for me. For the good and the bad. Through my Dad’s Alzheimer disease and death, my breast cancer, my Mom’s dementia, and Bill’s vision loss. They have always been there for the good as well; rallying around. That’s what I love about Ireland: the people, the joy, the positive outlook, the willingness to get together for a hooley, a cup of tea, or a walk. So, as the pandemic nears an end, I cannot wait to get to the other side of the pond sometime this year.

What about you? Where are you yearning to go in the next few months?

Win a Free Copy of “Death on Clare Island”

Win Bundle of Over 50 Books

I am excited to say I’ve contributed “Death on Clare Island: A County Mayo Cozy Mystery” the first book in the Star O’Brien, amateur sleuth, series to a book giveaway this week. The contest begins this morning at 10:00 a.m. and ends on May 12. Winners of the giveaway, which is sponsored by BookSweeps, will receive the first book in a woman’s sleuth series. Over 50 books!

See my book cover! It’s third from the right in the second row.

Here’s How You Enter the Giveaway

Click on this link and then click the “I want to win” button. You will be asked for your email address which you must enter to be eligible for the giveaway.

Good luck! I hope you are one of the winners! There’s lots of books to read here for the summer months.