Ron Duffy The Unquiet Land

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The Unquiet Land

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The newly ordained Father Padraig returns to his home village of Corrymore as its new priest. The mission he has set himself in addition to his parochial duties is to save the souls" of the proud, pagan fisherman Finn MacLir and his daughter Caitlin by converting them to Christianity. Finn MacLir had rescued Padraig from an abusive life in Scotland and adopted him, a nine-year-old orphaned epileptic, as his son. Padraig's mission fails with Finn, who will never accept any religion, and Finn dies the adamant unbeliever that he always was. With Caitlin Padraig meets with more success but at a price. His attention to the beautiful woman's spiritual well-being reawakens the old love he once felt for her and fans the jealous anger of the man Caitlin is about to marry: the honest but hot-tempered farmer Michael Carrick. When Padraig and Caitlin spend a night together, Michael gives Padraig a beating that almost kills him. The beating of the priest is blamed on Protestant Unionists, an understandable reaction at this time when Ireland is in the throes of a bitter Civil War. The British government has proposed a parliament for Eire, another for Northern Ireland and a Council for the whole island. This solution to the Irish Problem" satisfies no one. The Republican movement is split between those in favour of the proposal and those against it, and a Civil War, known for its barbarity, breaks out.

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Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Ron Duffy has travelled extensively in both western and eastern Europe, mostly by bicycle, with working sojourns" in Norway, Austria and England. Adventuring over, he settled to studies, and obtained a BA in Geography from Queen's University in Belfast. As a student there he became involved in the activism that led to the start of the Troubles" in Northern Ireland in 1969. That year he emigrated to Canada where he took an MSc at the University of Calgary and studied for his PhD at McGill University in Montreal. In Montreal he started a long career as a university lecturer in Geography. His writing career began when he started publishing mostly travel and history articles in numerous Irish, British and Canadian newspapers and magazines. In 1988, McGill-Queen's University Press published his book, The Road to Nunavut: The Progress of the Eastern Arctic Inuit since World War II. The popular Canadian author Pierre Berton in particular liked this book and used excerpts from it in his own coffee- table book Winter. As a student and then a university lecturer in Montreal and Calgary, creative writing gave way to preparing lectures. Duffy continued to write more creatively, if less productively, in his spare time, and now that he has retired from lecturing he is writing full time. Two of his novels, Crossed Lives and The Janus Web are available as ebooks. He is currently working on a historical novel based on the life of the Irish highwayman Redmond O'Hanlon. Duffy is married, has two sons, and now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, with his wife, Joanne, and two Jack Russell dogs.

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I am delighted with your latest contribution to the world of fiction, The Unquiet Land. The subject matter is not the easiest to address and I commend you for tackling its complexities. --Dr. Robert Scace

It took me only two days to read The Unquiet Land. I really enjoyed the book. Many fascinating details about Ireland and the struggle. --Susan Waters, Past President, Calgary Wordfest

I enjoyed reading The Unquiet Land and compliment you on such wonderful writing. --Lorna McComb

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