among the people and places of Hazel Mc Intyre's childhood, 'Iron Wheels
On Rocky Lanes' willevoke many memories and bring laughter and
tears to the eyes of the reader. Every rural communityin Ireland will relate
to the characters and events which unfold on each new page. Appealing to
all, this book truly has something for everyone
are loving evocations of a childhood spent in Donegal. They capture the
innocence of that time, its sudden and compelling enthusiasms, its sadness
and silences, its pleasures and dismays, and, above all, the rare gift
of having been brought up in a small loving community. These are
accurately drawn pictures, but they also act as evocations of a warm
community as memory does its magical work of transformation
Professor Robert Welch: University of Ulster
is a good storyteller. She carries the reader along with her adding to
what might seem a common experience, a special quality. Her sensitivity,
her imagination and her empathy give to each episode a deep and wide element
of perception. Like a laser beam she enters deeply into the human psyche.
Here is a book one can recommend whole-
in human nature in all its moods.
Brian Bonner: Author and Historian
first book ‘Iron Wheels On Rocky Lanes’ recalling her Donegal
childhood, was published in 1994 to outstanding critical ovation. The
following are just a sample of what the newspaper critics had to say.
cozy friendly style in which hazel writes takes you into her world with
such ease and confidence thatyou almost feel you know the events intimately.
Humor, sadness, happy days, it’s all there and more. An excellent
Conny Duffy -
accounts, drawn from the everyday experiences of childhood are touching
and moving, the prose evocative and lively. It is a tribute to Hazel McIntyre’s
talent that her accounts are deeply poignant one moment yet heart-
and uplifting the next. It is to be highly recommended."
Robert Love -
captures the innocence of the age as she grew up in the Donegal of the
fifties The most charming and entertaining of the present books of the
same genre currently on the Market."
Roy Winter -
tales and memories are written in a straightforward way, giving the work
a personal touch. There are however plenty of twists and turns in the
comic yet touching stories. It’s a most enjoyable read, further enhanced
by some thought-
John Bradbery -
forget reading for yourself yarns like the one, in that age of respect
for the professional man, when the new doctor tentatively pronounced as
dead a man who had fallen from a ladder; the supine victim was of a different
opinion and groaned. "I’m not dead," only to be put firmly in
his place by a bystander. "Oh, will you shut up. do you thing you
know better than the doctor?
pieces are innocent and warm, sometimes reflectively sad and always filled
Terry Sharkie -
‘Iron Wheels on Rocky Lanes’ also received an outstanding
review and recommendation on the ‘Gay Byrne Show’ RTE.
Second level students in Ireland have used her writings as a textbook,
and she has followed this up by giving talks to the students.