Staff Of Saint Patrick

The mysterious disappearance of the staff which, quite probably, was used by the saint himself, when it was supposedly thrown on a bonfire in front of Christ Church cathedral in the reign of Henry VIII, is described in the final chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book. But was it destroyed? Evidence exists that it survived, and this becomes part of the plot in the second book, at the time of the Battle of the Boyne.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1890, nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote a novel and never showed it to the world. It was only after her mother’s death some twenty-eight years later, when she was sorting through old papers with her sisters, that she found the manuscript in a drawer. After the manuscript found its way to publishers, the book – The Young Visiters – came out in 1919, (yes, that is how the title was spelled) to great acclaim. After the book went into several editions, Daisy bought a farm with her earnings, commenting, “I like fresh air and royalty cheques”.




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