Sheila Armstrong: the Sligo shipwrecks and mystery man that inspired my novel Falling Animals

The story of two ships that met their unlikely end in Sligo and an unexplained death inspired events in my debut novel, proving truth can be stranger than fiction

Ship lore: Sheila Armstrong, author of Falling Animals. Photo by Gerry Mooney

Sheila Armstrong

I grew up in a house on the sea. On the sea, because our house was up a hill, and it felt like if you went high enough on the swings in the back garden and jumped off, you would sail in a perfect arc down into the water.