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Hazel

      McIntyre

        was born and grew up on the Inishowen peninsula of Co. Donegal, Ireland.

        She was

      

         

          


            John B Keane


              July 1999


 

        the fourth of five children born to Robert and Marie McIntyre, at the

        family farm near Culdaff village. Hazel attended two local primary schools,

        until 1959, when she moved on to secondary school at Carndonagh, before

        going to Nurses Training College in London where she met and arried her

        London bred husband Charles. In 1977 they moved back to Ireland with their

        children.


        School days feature in a lot in Hazel's early writings and being the only

        Protestant at Ballyharry primary school gave her much food for thought

        in later life.


                Hazel

                  McIntyre


                Ireland AM appearance


                March 2001


Hazel

        began writing twelve years ago. As she explains, "Inishowen has a

        long tradition of storytelling. During the growing years storytelling

        around the turf fires was still the main source of entertainment. It was

        an art form in its own right. Sad to say, that way of life has all but

        disappeared and we are much the poorer for its passing."

Hazel

        Mc Intyre has published four books since 1994, and has just launched a

        fifth.

"Out

        of my four books, Lament in the Wind

        was my greatest challenge. The famine was without a doubt the biggest

        tragedy in our history and as my research went on I became totally engrossed

        in its scale. I hope the result is a fitting tribute to their courage."


        Hazel and her husband Charles were special guests at The 17th Irish Festival,

        Miramichi, New Brunswick, in July 2000 where she re-launched Lament

        In The Wind, and conducted workshops, TV and radio interviews.

         Lament In The Wind has since been favorably reviewed by

        New Brunswick Newspapers.


                Hazel as guest speaker at the Boston

                Banquet 1998


Hazel

        McIntyre's first work of fiction, For Love of Mary Kate

        was chosen by Woman's Way (Ireland's best selling women's

        magazine) as the most compelling read for inclusion in the '2000 Annual'.

        The abridged thirty-six page version of the novel was enhanced by beautiful,

        evocative photography.


                Opening Cermony


                Miramichi Festival 2000


                Canada


Hazel

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

        has entertained radio and TV audiences in Ireland, the USA, and Canada.

        Hazel also contributes regular articles and short stories for the local

        press and conducts workshops for mental health groups, students, Women'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 McIntyre was the guest on The John Clifford

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

        and her writings. This programme has since been


                Arrival at the new Brunswick Ball


                July 2000


 

        repeated by BNN.


        Also while in Boston, Hazel was the guest on the IIC center's answer channel

        television programme



        Iron Wheels on Rocky Lanes

        and For Love Of Mary Kate  

        received an outstanding recommendation on RTE's, 'The Gay Byrne Show.'

        

Second

        level students in Ireland have used her writings as a textbook, and she

        has followed this up by giving talks to the students.


        

Awards


            1992 The Molen Short Story award


 1996 Crispin best First   Novel 


      Other   publications:


      RTE Sunday Miscellany


      BBC Short   Story


      Irish

      Times


      Daily Gleaner (Canada) 


        Derry   Journal


         Donegal   Annual


        Boston Globe


      Ireland's   Eye