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It’s A Long Way To Tipperary

Family Tree research leads to Tipperary. (c) Jane Risdon 2013

Family Tree Research in Tipperary (c) Jane Risdon 2013

Based on Family History Research this novel – still a work in progress – follows a family who have managed to trace their roots back to Southern Ireland where they find their ‘long lost’ relations.  In Tipperary.  It has taken 20 years of research to track them down.

The Parish Church in 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary' - centre of village life (c) Jane Risdon 2013

The Priest rules the roost in the village (c) Jane Risdon 2013

Upon discovering this branch of their family a visit is undertaken to reunite the English and the Irish family, and three of the English family travel to Tipperary to visit what is left of the Irish family.

It is one of my humorous stories (I hope you will laugh) and there are no murders or vile crimes in it.  However there is a corpse which cannot rest… you see I didn’t quite get away without a body.

One of the many graveyards featured in my story - all photos (c) Jane Risdon 2013

Churchyards seem to feature a lot (c) Jane Risdon 2013

This is a story of an Irish family split down the middle in WW1 with one brother fighting for the British and dying of his wounds at the Somme, and another fighting for what is now known as the Irish Republican Army, his involvement in the Easter Uprisings and subsequent imprisonment in England in 1916.

Cemetery at The Somme where one of my characters now lies.  (c) Jane Risdon 2013

One brother lies in a cemetery in France (c) Jane Risdon 2013

It is about life in a tiny Irish village where the Priest rules the roost and the Pub is the centre of everything.  Some of these ‘pubs’ are actually inside people’s houses.

Pubs come in all shapes and forms in Irish villages. (c) Jane Risdon 2013

Pubs come in all shapes and forms in Irish villages (c) Jane Risdon 2013

The English visitors find themselves totally bewildered by the lives of their relations and the Irish family cannot work the English out at all; they speak funny for a start….and there lies most of the problems!

I hope to complete ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ this year……

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