THE WOUNDED POACHER
               
    by
 Henry Jones Thaddeus
"'The poacher had been shot for
stealing two rabbits that lay dead
at his feet in the painting. 'At least
he got away with the rabbits,'  
Liffey
thought."
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KNOCKNAREA: Liffey Rivers finds herself on top
of this mountain in County Sligo in THE MYSTERY
OF THE WINKING JUDGE and again in THE
SECRET OF THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON.
Liffey's favorite painting at the National Gallery in Dublin

Liffey Rivers visits Ireland in books two and three of the Irish Dancer
Mysteries: THE MYSTERY OF THE WINKING JUDGE and THE SECRET OF
THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON. Both visits feature
the mysterious
mountain
, Knocknarea which has an ancient cairn at the top. Said to be
the grave of the legendary Queen Maeve
, it is  located just outside
Sligo Town. You can easily climb it
as it is very safe. However, the
summiot of the mountain, which is flat, is a different story. There are
dangerous
cliffs.  Climbing up Queen Maeve's cairn is no longer
permitted. P
reservationists have wisely  pointed out it would
eventually flatten it.
When Liffey and her father arrive
in Dublin from London, they visit
famous landmarks like the statue
of Molly Malone. Liffey is posing
for a photo by this statue when  
Robert Rivers realizes they are
being followed.


Liffey spends most of her time in Ireland in County Sligo.
The banks of the Garavogue River
(means short, rough river) in Sligo
Town. The color of the river is
often brown from the bog water
that runs into it.  

County Sligo is also home to contemporary
author,
Eoin McNamee.

Famous poet,  W. B. Yeats
(1865-1939) spent his childhood in
County Sligo and later wrote lovely
poems about some of Sligo's
landmarks--including Knocknarea.
He believed in fairies.
Statue of Yeats. It was knocked over
by a car but managed to recover
beautifully!

The summit of Knocknarea is fairly
flat. The large 'bump' is Queen
Maeve's tomb.
Sligo was also the home of Author
Sydney Owenson, aka Lady Morgan.
She wrote THE WILD IRISH GIRL
(1806) in which she significantly
upgraded the image the snootier
British "upperclass" had of the Irish as
a whole. She went on to write many
other books and was the first woman in
Ireland to get a pension from the
British goverment.  
I had tea almost every day when I lived in
Sligo with my neighbor Lady Sally Crofton
who resides at Longford House--the site of
Sydney's first job as a governess in County
Sligo. She began writing THE WILD IRISH
GIRL while she lived there. The main house
burned several times and is now in ruins but
Lady Sally lives in what was a later version of
Longford House, after the original one was
abandoned. Being a heritage site, it is still
there crumbling.  
I took this photo one afternoon at
Longford House. Lady Crofton said
that it was a genuine "Crofton Rose,"
created over many years at the
Longford Desmaine.