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Cathal Liam

Cathal Liam is keenly interested in early 20th-century Irish history, particularly Ireland’s revolutionary years 1914-1924. His first, successful book, Consumed In Freedom’s Flame chronicles the events surrounding Ireland’s 1916 Easter revolt and its ensuing War for Independence, 1919-1921. First published and reprinted in hardcover (2001), it’s been reprinted six times in trade paperback and is fast becoming a “classic.” It also won ForeWord magazine’s 2001 bronze medal for historical fiction.

His next effort, Forever Green, received a 2003 honorable mention for travel essay, also by ForeWord magazine. A collection of imaginative stories, political commentary and original poems, it portrays a changing Ireland in the twentieth century.

In 2006, Blood On The Shamrock was published as a follow-up to Consumed In Freedom’s Flame. It chronicles the events sparking Ireland’s tragic Civil War (1921-1924). Now in its second printing, the story-line follows a handful of imaginary characters as they interact with the real historical figures and actual events of the time. The book received an honorable mention award in the general fiction category by Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

His newest work (2011) is an exciting true-life novel entitled Fear Not the Storm: The Story of Tom Cullen, An Irish Revolutionary. It recounts the events surrounding the rise of an obscure young Irish Volunteer during Dublin’s 1916 Easter Uprising. Later, Cullen becomes an undercover intelligence agent working for Michael Collins, Ireland’s great military/political leader. Eventually, Tom rises to the rank of major-general in the nascent Irish army. Indeed, it is the determined accomplishments of this little-known, heroic Irish revolutionary that forms the centre-piece of Cathal Liam’s new book, winner of the 2011 BOOK-OF-THE-YEAR gold medal for historical fiction by FOREWord Magazine.

 

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