After Gáirech by Micheál Cladáin / #Interview #BookTour @maryanneyarde @Phil_Hughes_Nov



The battle of Gáirech is over; the armies of Connachta, Lagin, and Mumu are destroyed! Survivors are ravaging The Five Kingdoms of Ireland!

While working to resolve the Kingdoms ’issues and bring peace, Cathbadh is murdered, dying in his son Genonn’s arms. Genonn vows to avenge the death of his father.

For his revenge to work, he needs Conall Cernach and the Red Branch warriors of Ulster. But Conall is gone, searching for the head of Cú Chulainn. Genonn sets out to find him, aided by the beautiful Fedelm, the capricious Lee Fliath and the stalwart Bradán.




When and where do you prefer to write?

I treat my writing as a full-time profession. I have an office and I work a full eight hours each day, taking a lunch break of an hour and coffee breaks morning and afternoon.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

I prefer quiet most of the time. Sometimes I have Pink Floyd on as a background noise, but not often.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Bernard Cornwell. Not only are our chosen eras similar (at least for the Uhtred books), I find I have read more Cornwell books than any other single author (at least in the historical genre: I’ve read the complete works of many non-historical authors).

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

That would depend on which of the characters was given the better depth. Would hate to be a shallow character, good or bad.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

David Gemmell.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Either in bed or in front of the fire with a G&T.

Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?

I would either be in the garden tending the vegetables (we have eight raised beds and a polytunnel) or on the beach walking the dogs.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

Exhilaration, pride, fear. The plot outline for the next book.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

I usually try for something which places the book firmly in its genre and its era. I guess After Gáirech is probably a niche title, because not many would know the battle took place between the armies of Queen Medb and King Conchobar at the end of the Cattle Raid of Cooley. Circa fifty to zero BCE.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

As for the title, I like the cover to place the book firmly in its era and genre. When writing about pre-Christian Irish Celts, there is a certain amount of mysticism required, Druidic garb and ornate swords, thick forests, and mistiness, hence the cover of After Gáirech.

Thank you, Micheál Cladáin and The Coffee Pot Book Club


About the Author 

Micheál Cladáin studied the classics and developed a love of ancient civilizations during those studies. Learning about ancient Roman and Greek cultures was augmented by a combined sixteen years living in those societies, albeit the modern versions, in Cyprus and Italy. As such, Micheál decided to write historical fiction, trying to follow in the footsteps of

such greats as Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden. Because of his Irish roots, he chose pre-Christian Ireland as his setting, rather than ancient Italy or Greece.

Micheál is a full-time writer, who lives in the wilds of Wexford with his wife and their border terriers, Ruby and Maisy.


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