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Hazel McIntyre was born and grew up on the Inishowen peninsula of Co. Donegal in Ireland. The fourth of five children born to Robert and Marie McIntyre and raised at the family farm near Culdaff village. Hazel was schooled withinin her local community but studied at Nurses Training College in London where she met and married 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’s mother was French Canadian and her stories and memories of growing up in Winnipeg made the family ties with Canada very real. Letters, photographs and gifts on birthdays kept the family bonds with the Canadian side of their heritage, while Hazel’s writings kept the heritage of both nations firmly in the minds of their citizens all over the world, perhaps most notably in ‘Lament on The Wind’ her tribute to the victims of the Irish famine.
Her first book ‘Iron Wheels on Rocky Lanes’ was first published in 1994 was set among the people and places of Hazel’s childhood and has brought laughter and tears to many a reader since it first saw the light of day. Two years later saw the release of Hazel’s first novel ‘ For The Love of Mary Kate’ which set her on the road to creating a trilogy including and ‘Lament In The Wind’ and ‘Secrets on The Breeze’ ‘Echoes of Another Time’ was a collection of short stories which gained national acclaim when one of the stories was picked by radio host Gay Byrne who called her to read it on his show. Her most recent novel ‘Bourne On The Wind (Moran Publications 2003) was launched by none other than her close friend Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume
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