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      compelling saga of love and courage spanning three generationsBorn illegitimate

      in a convent in 1920's rural Ireland, her mother banished to new York to

      save the family name, little Mary Kate Quinn's future seems bleak. To keep

      a hastily made promise to her daughter, Sara Quinn rescues her granddaughter

      from the fate of the orphanage.Driven to seek refuge in the rambling old

      house of her former employer Sara begins a new life. With patience and love

      Sara and Mary Kate transform the lives of its inhabitants.Meanwhile Maura

      Quinn has become a nanny in New York. She falls in love with Andrew, and

      rather than reveal the past she returns home to be reunited with her daughter.

      Back in Ireland Maura is torn between her child and the man she left in

      New York..


        First novel ‘For Love of Mary Kate’ set in Donegal and

        New York was launched in her native village of Culdaff. Described as a

        "compelling saga of love and courage spanning three generations,"

        it is one of those books that cannot be put down.

        The following are a few of the early reactions from reviewers and readers.

        The story evolves around Mary Kate, how she is rescued from the nunnery.


        The reactions of the people who impinge on her life are lovingly told,


        with the interaction of those involved."This is a simple tale. It

        is also very moving very

        powerful, very compelling". 



        Cormacian - News Letter. December 1996

        It’s a story of love and hate and a heart-warming story

        of life in 1920s Donegal a book you can’t put down until it's finished.


        Cira O’ Kelly - Boston Irish Reporter. December 1996

         "Hazel Mc Intyre has made the transition from autobiography

        to fiction writing with ease, with a first novel which is certain to appeal

        to the better instincts of all who read it. This is surely the first of

        many fine novels from this emerging Donegal writer. 


        "Liam Porter - Donegal Peoples Press.

        "For Love of Mary Kate is a compelling story, of all thatis good

        in human nature. Ennobling and uplifting...........overpoweringly tragic......the

        heroin of the novel is Sara, who in her moments of self-revelation is

        testimony to the dignity of the human spirit.Hazel Mc Intyre touches the

        heartbeat of the reader with this story of friendship and loyalty which

        deepens into love.This book must have a sequel....


        "Dr P. D. A. Mullan. Thornhill College

        "I picked up ‘For Love of Mary Kate’ to have ‘a browse’


        I read the book from cover to cover in one night and enjoyed every minute

        of it! What more can I say?"


        Maureen Sullivan. BNN TV Channel Boston MA

        Where Hazel Mc Intyre gave a live thirty minute TV interview)

        For Love of Mary Kate is a love story, one which touches on the particular

        harshness of social and religious mores of rural Ireland in the 1920’s.

        For all that, love conquers all - in Ireland or America-and in this increasingly

        cynical world, we need all the feel good factor that we can find.

        We find any amount of it in "For Love of Mary Kate".


        Frank Gallighan. Broadcaster and writer BBC Radio.

        "This compelling saga stuns and holds from beginning to end"


        The Express.

        Hazels is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Foyle and radio Ulster

        and other local radio stations, and also contributes regular articles

        and short stories for the local press.

        She also runs workshops for mental health groups, students, woman’s

        Institutes and other interest groups both in the Irish Republic and cross

        border. ‘For Love Of Mary Kate’ has been favorably reviewed

        on BBC’s kaleidoscope. While in Boston USA Hazel Mc Intyre

        was the guest on The John Clifford Show

        (BNN TV), where she talked about her growing years in Donegal and her


        This program has since been repeated by BNN.

        Also while in Boston Hazel was the guest on the I IC center’s answer

        channel television




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