We have just released the highly anticipated The Troubles by N. R. Marchand
Belfast, 1971, and tensions are rising. Since its inception in 1913, the ‘Oglaigh na hEirheann', or 'The Soldiers of Ireland', have evolved through many factions, and now the IRA are claiming legitimacy. Warring factions live virtually side by side, and peace lines have been erected, but are being crossed. People live in fear of careless whispers and reprisals. War is coming, and innocent people are being killed indiscriminately for political gain and revenge.
Alastar Taggart, a young Catholic, and at the same time a spiritual Druidic man, is drawn into the dangerous inner ranks of the IRA when his younger brother is killed. Little does he know that his course on the road to revenge is not entirely without outside influence. Kiera Flanagan is an innocent Protestant girl whose world is also turned upside down when tragedy strikes, again and again. She too turns to Paganism, and to its principles of love and kinship, for comfort and solace, and as an escape from the war-torn world of Belfast.
Can these young lovers survive the war that is worsening around them? Can they find peace in their ancestral spiritual roots? And can they escape Belfast and the people that are desperately trying to bring about their demise?
Since the book centres around Belfast, we thought we would take a closer look at this great city and see what makes it such a popular place to visit!
Seamus Heaney HomePlace (the village where the poet and Nobel Laureate grew up)
Crumlin Road Gaol
The Great Walls of Belfast – The Peace Walls
Where do you want to visit first? To read The Troubles, find yourself a copy here!