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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Sly book proves to be a bestseller in two languages

Published 16/04/2013 | 05:24

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Following its spectacular launch in Carlow Shopping Centre recently, Lucinda Sly, A Woman Hanged, is already a best seller.

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Written and published in Irish in 2008, the launch of the English version of the historical novel was amongst the highlights of the Pan Celtic festival. Nickel Restaurant was packed to capacity for the event when celebrities Daithí Ó Sé and Kathryn Thomas joined forces to co-launch the English translation of the story. Both author and translator were also present for the gala event.

Lucinda Sly by renowned Irish language author, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, is based on events that took place in Carlow in 1834 and 1835. The novel tells the story of Lucinda Singleton, a widow who married a well-to-do farmer named Walter Sly.

Suffering at the hands of her abusive husband - a drunkard and a brute - she conspires with her lover, John Dempsey, to murder him. Capturing the sentiment in Carlow at that time, the lovers were hanged side by side in public outside Carlow Gaol on March 30, 1835.

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