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,'
thought Liffey."
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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 a mysterious
mountain called Knocknarea which has an ancient cairn on top said to
be the grave of the legendary Queen Maeve. It is  right outside Sligo
Town. You can easily climb it-- rugged at the top but very safe. Now
the top of the mountain, which is flat, is a different story-- lots of
dangerous cliffs.... You can no longer climb up Queen Maeve's cairn
as preservationists have wisely  pointed out it will 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. He writes fantasy
trilogies for young adults and 'noir' books for
adults. He is one of my favorite authors.

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. That is what
'The Host' means in the poem
below:
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.