Category Archives: The Grotto

All things related to my book, “The Grotto”.

Excerpt from The Grotto

The excerpt is taken from the opening section of The Grotto. The statue’s Guardians are well into the process of falling under the Entity’s thrall and are now regularly sacrificing animals and worshiping It . . . The men watched … Continue reading

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Excerpt from The Grotto: politician Pat Landy is introduced to readers

Later that night in a townland called Gortaliscaw, about twenty miles to the east of Loughermore, a man was in an agitated state. His name was Pat Landy and he had been Cork North Central’s Teachta Dála – TD or … Continue reading

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Party Time in the Barrio del Pilar

The twelfth of October is an important date in Spain — a national holiday in honour of la Virgen del Pilar (The Virgin of the Pillar). Each city, town and village has its own distinctive statue of the Virgin Mary … Continue reading

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The Grotto and the Sun Goddess

Don’t be put off by the name. Nicker (Co. Limerick, Ireland), meaning “the rabbit warren” (an coinicéar in the original Irish), is a very unique place. Along with Glencolmcille and Leacht Benáin, half way up Croagh Patrick, the grotto behind … Continue reading

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country

I have the goodies in my novel, The Grotto, spend a few action-packed days in Vitoria, where they learn how to use stone circles under Father Morrison’s tutelage, drink coffee in the Plaza Mayor, go on benders in the old … Continue reading

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