Malahide’s Grisly Past Revisited at History as Mystery, Something Wicked 2017
If the beginning and end of Michael Russell’s well-received The City of Lies (2017) seems familiar to Malahide residents, it’s because it relocates the infamous La Mancha Murders to West Wicklow.
On the 31st of March, 1926 Henry McCabe a local gardener employed by the McDonnell family of La Mancha House saw smoke coming from the house and raised the alarm. The four McDonnell siblings, Joseph (55), Peter (51), Annie (56) and Alice (47) were found dead inside along with two employees, Mary McGowan (50) and James Clarke (41).
The murders have been written about extensively over the years, most recently in The Irish Times on October 1st of this year in the article The Malahide Mystery: A Family Burned at Home.
Michael, along with fellow novelists Joe Joyce and Andrew Hughes, will take part in History as Mystery at Something Wicked 2017, where they will discuss with Sam Blake their latest novels and the very popular genre that is historical crime fiction.
For tickets go to www.somethingwicked.eu