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By: Graham Barratt

The Welshmen of Tyrawley

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In Elizabethan Ireland, many tensions arise from pride and politics within the Welsh Norman clans of County Mayo. Two factual and historical events changed many lives forever: the fate of a ship of the Spanish Armada, and a clan feud between the Barretts and the Lynotts.

At Blacksod Bay, a Spanish slave is left for dead and abandoned at the shipwreck of the Spanish Armada. While the ownership of the slave is being disputed, a passionate romance develops between the slave and the daughter of the ‘MacWilliam’ clan chief. She gives birth to his son and is forced to claim she was raped.

Despite betrayal and murder attempts, the slave survives Irish rebellion for many years with his companion, Duald. In a revenge attack, all male members of the Lynott clan are blinded by the Barretts. Left as one of the few clan members with eyesight, Duald’s position in the community is elevated.

Eventually, Tibbot, now fostered by the Lynotts, must avenge their rejection by the Bourkes. But for the rape of his mother, his father must die.

Graham Barratt grew up in the historic city of Lichfield. After many years working in the telecommunications industry, he embarked on a variety of history projects. He soon realised that Irish history, in particular, was rich with untold stories, myths and legends that stirred his interest. His love of history soon became an obsession and so following many visits to Ireland and help from County Mayo people, he embarked on his first novel. He currently lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and best friend, Jill.

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