The year is 1835 and local woman Lucinda Singleton is publicly hanged alongside her lover, John Dempsey, in front of Carlow Gaol. This, the first ever translation of Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé’s historical novel, tells the story of the last woman to be hanged in Carlow.
The Story of Lucinda Sly by renowned Irish language author, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé is based on events that took place in Carlow in 1834 and 1835. The novel tells the story of Lucinda Singleton, a widow who married a well-to-do farmer named Walter Sly. Suffering at the hands of her abusive husband – a drunkard and a brute – she conspires with her lover, John Dempsey, to murder him. Capturing the sentiment in Carlow at that time, the lovers were hanged side by side in public outside Carlow Gaol on 30 March, 1835.
The Story of Lucinda Sly was an award winner at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, 2008.
Lucinda Sly: A Woman Hanged
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- ‘A vivid historical novel. . . Through convincing characters and rich period details, Ó Sé fully engages the reader in Lucinda's plight.’ —Publishers Weekly