The Girls of Ennismore

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The Girls of Ennismore” depicts the intertwining lives of a family of Anglo-Irish gentry and their servants at a time in Irish History where the aristocracy are under threat both from growing economic hardship and incipient nationalist rebellion. It juxtaposes the gentry’s sense of entitlement against the servants’ not so guarded resentment of their employers whose ownership of Irish lands was achieved by conquest. The contrast of the natural wit, passion and mercurial charm of the native Irish with the formal, restrained behaviors of the gentry, makes for a natural conflict that offers both drama and humor.

Set at a Manor House called “Ennismore” in the West of Ireland between 1900 and 1918, the story focuses on the unlikely friendship of two girls from different backgrounds, and how their relationship eventually triumphs over the barriers of class distinction and prejudice.

The Yellow House

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I remember the summers best, when the days rested in the long arms of evening and the sounds around Slieve Guillon were as muted as benediction. Only the faint barking of distant dogs cut the stillness as farmers drove their cattle home. Smoke curled from cottage chimneys and children gulped down tea so they could return to play while time hovered between day and night like a gift from heaven.

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Glenlea, County Armagh, Ireland 1905. When her family is torn aprt by religious intolerance, personal tragedy, and explosive secrets, young Eileen O’Neill is determined to reclaim the Yellow House where her family had been happy and bring her broken family back home

As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the personal impact of the conflict. Her choice is complicated by the influence of two men. James Conlon, a charismatic and passionate politcal activit is determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, appeals to her warrior’s soul.