WEST Kerry's Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé and Moyvane author Gabriel Fitzmaurice were the toast of the town in Carlow earlier this month as the pair were joined by RTE personalities Dáithí Ó Sé and Kathryn Thomas in launching historical novel 'Lucinda Sly – A Woman Hanged'.
Maidhc Dainín wrote the novel as Gaeilge, telling the story of how Lucinda Singleton married well-to-do farmer Walter Sly who turned out to be a drunkard and a brute. She conspired with her lover John Dempsey to murder him and they were subsequently convicted and hanged side by side in public on March 30, 1835. She was the last woman ever to be hanged in Ireland.
The book was widely acclaimed and earned Maidhc Dainín an award at An tOireachtas in 2008. Since then there has been repeated appeals from the people of Carlow for an English language translation and North Kerry's Gabriel Fitzmaurice, the author of over 50 books, was tasked with the project.
The result is 'Lucinda Sly – A Woman Hanged' and hundreds turned out at to join Gabriel, Maidhc, his son Dáithí and Kathryn (pictured right) for the official launch which was held in conjunction with the Pan Celtic International Festival on April 3.