Hazel McIntyre was born and grew up on the Inishowen peninsula of Co. Donegal, Ireland.
She was 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 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 intertainment. 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 McIntyre 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-
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-
For Love Of Mary Kate has been favorably reviewed on BBC's Kaleidoscope. While in the 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 was repeated by BNN.
Second level students in Ireland have used her writings as a textbook, and she has followed this up by giving talks to the students.
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