It's the Stars Will Be Our Lamps

It's the Stars Will Be Our Lamps

Alan Walsh / May 28, 2020

It s the Stars Will Be Our Lamps Monday morning and Conall Donoghue hasn t a paper to read while he crams hot porridge into his oul yap The paperboy will have to be found So begins Conall s quest to find where Declan Mac Neassa and h

  • Title: It's the Stars Will Be Our Lamps
  • Author: Alan Walsh
  • ISBN: 9781494329167
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • Monday morning and Conall Donoghue hasn t a paper to read while he crams hot porridge into his oul yap The paperboy will have to be found So begins Conall s quest to find where Declan Mac Neassa and his brother Cormac have disappeared to, taking him on a journey to meet all the worst weirdos and vagabonds in the wild little town of Bally, to learn about Fierce Dee O LougMonday morning and Conall Donoghue hasn t a paper to read while he crams hot porridge into his oul yap The paperboy will have to be found So begins Conall s quest to find where Declan Mac Neassa and his brother Cormac have disappeared to, taking him on a journey to meet all the worst weirdos and vagabonds in the wild little town of Bally, to learn about Fierce Dee O Loughin, and on to the secret at the heart of the whole town, threatening to tear it all to bits A modern retelling of the ancient Irish fable Deirdre of the Sorrow s , we follow Dee as she tries to break free of her father s hold, running away with a pair of local lads, her crow, and her diary We follow Conall, as his chase to find the paperboy turns into a quest to find his killer, meeting modern versions of the Morrigan, The Fianna and Cuchulainn, to name just a few And we follow me, a drunken local Puca, hidden away, disguised safely so that he can tell it all to yourselves

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    About "Alan Walsh"

      • Alan Walsh

        I was born in Dublin and studied art in IADT I left Ireland after graduating and lived in Italy for a few years, teaching and writing After that I moved to London and returned here in 2010.I ve had stories published in The Moth, The Bohemyth, Outburst and Wordlegs and non fiction articles in Magill Magazine, Film Ireland and Three Monkeys.My novel, Sour, is available now on


    233 Comments

    1. I thought this book was really great. It reminded me a whole lot of a couple of short animated films called 'Pulling the devil by the tail' which dealt with small town rural ireland in a hokey but warm way and this was pretty similar. The characters are great fun, though, each one is carved from a vague reference to someone in an old Irish tale ( and I had to look up a few to get the references) but they were entertaining and funny and, when it mattered, hard hitting. The book pokes fun at quite [...]


    2. Great story, and probably even more so if you're familiar with Deirde of the Sorrows. Loved the writing style as well. Enjoyed it!


    3. In a scattered story narrated by a Puca (a mythical being capable of shape-shifting, invisibility, seeing the future, and being in multiple places at the same time - reminds me a bit of Q), the mystery of a local murder carries Conall Donoghue on a long trek across the countryside and back again.I say scattered because the Puca wants to tell us about each character it feels is relevant to the story, including the ghost of a man who wrecked his own car in a drunken rush across town. Each of the c [...]


    4. I picked this up as I was already reading three ( yes three ! ) other books and one by one I laid them all down and let this one take over. It's just so easy to read, so nourishing, so much fun and so terrible at the end ( not to give anything away ). I was definitely a fan of seeing a strong female character in a story like this, then I went back and read up on the original myth of Deirdre and found she was definitely a strong character herself too. ( in fact Irish tales have plenty of these it [...]


    5. Worth my time. And that's high praise from me. If you look at my other book reviews, you'll notice that they're all highly rated. You know why? Because at 50 years of age there's one very important thing I've learned in life, and that is that my time is too valuable to be wasted on bad fiction or any other boring pursuit. Same reason I don't always eat all my peas. Or crochet. This book was wonderful. Hooked me straight in and never let me get bored for a minute. Definitely deserving of my atten [...]


    6. Really liked this tale. I'll post a real review shortlyThis story was unlike anything I've ever read before. One, because it was sooooo Irish (in prose, mannerisms, etc), and two, because it was really quite creepy, but not scary at all, at the same time. Does that make sense? It's not supposed to!Great read, it really kept me going, wondering what had happened to the Mac Neasa boys, and to poor Dee. By the end, I'd drawn a few conclusions about that myself (not sure how right or wrong they were [...]


    7. A friend handed this to me in a bar. I found it a weird and wondrous book. The man has a turned imagination, that much is sure. I liked that, though. The characters are the exact weirdos you find in small country towns. They are familiar and yet strange. This is what I want from a book. I want it to to speak to me in a way I can understand and teach me the new. I am not a man of words. Thankfully this book painted pictures. People ought to read it.


    8. Found this little treasure in a second hand bookshop. It has some amazing characters. I think I actually recognise some of them. I also weirdly recognise the town from where I grew up. I wonder has Alan Walshe ever been there?


    9. I thought it was a quick, fun read. I'd say people should read it. It sounded sometimes like it was set in Cork actually, though I think it might not be. It was good to see a strong female character who's not a caricature too.


    10. This was another commuter selection. A loan from a friend and I haven't returned it yet as I want to re-read it. I'm not 100% where in Ireland it's meant to be set, but it makes me want to do a tour of the place!


    11. Page one and two I thought were a little odd, I was advised to stick with it, though. I'm very glad I did. A tremendous read. Fun and escapist and deep and harrowing. Only after I learned it was the rewrite of a myth. Read read read! :)



    12. Really liked the characters. Kind of an eternal story. Captured beautiful girl runs away. I like how this one was different though.



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