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I am delighted to let you know that Somerville Press has done another print run of my book on the

ambush of Irish UN soldiers in the Congo - The Peacemakers of Niemba €11.99 postage free 











Fox Series

Some people have contacted me to ask where they can get the Run with the Wind series. If you can't get them in the shops, contact O' Brien Press for the new edition of Run with the Wind and my new fox book Run for the Hills.  If you want any others in the fox series eg, Run to Earth, Run Swift Run Free, Run to the Ark, Run for Cover, contact me and I will tell you where to get them as they are readily available.

There has been great interest in my new fox book Run for the Hills and the new edition of Run with the Wind, showing that the fox continues to fascinate readers young and old. I would recommend Run for the Hills to 4th, 5th and 6th class readers. In this story some of the memorable characters from Run with the Wind, including Old Sage Brush, Vickey, Black Tip and Hop-along are confronted by foxes of various colours who have escaped from a fur farm. The newcomers know nothing of the wild, so they must be taken on a journey to escape their pursuers and learn how to survive in their new world of relative freedom. They have many adventures but there is much more to the story. Lessons can be learned from it in relation to our own daily lives, for example,  how we should respect people of a different colour or faith who have come to live here, some of them having escaped persecution in their own countries. Publishers O' Brien Press have brought out a teachers' guide to show how various aspects of the book can be explored in the classroom.

RRP €8.99 epub €6.99


More Good News!

There's also been a great reaction to the new edition of Run with the Wind, the first book in the fox series. Forced to flee from the fur trappers in the Land of Sinna, the foxes encounter many adventures as they search for the secret of survival. Described as a wildlife winner for all ages, Run with the Wind has been enjoyed by generations of readers, one of whom told me, 'It is mine to wander in and wonder in.' It is now available to new generations to do the same and I hope they enjoy it.

RRP €8.99 epub €6.99 

As for my adventure books The Legend of the Golden Key, The Legend of the Phantom Highwayman and The Legend of the Corrib King have been revised and updated!! There are copies available on ebay.

I've written sixteen books altogether. Most of my novels are fictional but often revolve around actual historical events, such as the Irish Rebellion in 1798. My books have won five awards for literature including The White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich, the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the Irish Book Medal, the Bisto/Children's Book Trust Books of the Decade Award and the Oscar Wilde Society Literary Recognition Award.

A number of my books, including some in the fox series, have been translated into foreign languages including German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, Dutch, Danish and Latvian. With the publication of Run for the Hills there are seven books in the fox series, the others being Run with the Wind, Run to Earth, Run Swift Run Free, Run to the Ark, Run to the Wild Wood and Run for Cover.

If you have difficulty in getting any of these books please contact me at


The Peacemakers of Niemba 

Those interested in history and in United Nations peacekeeping operations, might like to know that the new updated edition of my book on the massacre of nine Irish UN soldiers at Niemba in the Congo has sold extremely well and is still available. The Peacemakers of Niemba, which was researched in great detail, tells the story of the ambush in which the soldiers were killed by Baluba warriors in 1960. It also details events that preceded and followed the ambush, including the arrest and trial of several warriors for murder.

This new edition of The Peacemakers of Niemba has gone into a second print run due to constant demand and can be ordered from the publisher freepost from or from any bookshop.