Cursed! Blood Of The Donnellys: A Novel Based on a True Story by Keith Ross LeckieCursed! Blood Of The Donnellys: A Novel Based on a True Story by Keith Ross Leckie

Cursed! Blood Of The Donnellys: A Novel Based on a True Story

byKeith Ross Leckie

Paperback | September 28, 2019

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In the midst of the feuds and famine of Tipperary, Ireland in 1845, Jim Donnelly and Johannah McGee fall passionately in love. She is the beautiful daughter of an affluent estate manager, he the rebellious son of dispossessed peasants. With her father’s men in pursuit and a sizable price on Jim’s head, they board a ship set for Canada to start a new life and put the troubles of the old country behind them.

Thousands of miles away in rural Ontario, they find the feuds and vendettas of Ireland are very much alive. Jim must make a place for his young family not just with his back, but with his fists.

Fifteen years later, the Donnelly family have become one of the most powerful in Lucan Township, loved by some and hated by others. Jim and Johannah’s sons are notorious as both fighters and lovers and torment the townspeople, swinging shillelaghs, burning barns and seducing daughters.

But certain citizens of Lucan have had enough. At midnight on February 3, 1880, a mob of thirty armed men in women’s clothing and carnival masks ride out for the Donnelly farm. Sustained by whisky and the blessings of the local priest, their goal is to wipe the Donnelly family from the face of the earth. Yet there is an eye witness and during the trial that follows, it becomes clear that in small town Ontario of the late 1800s, order is valued above truth.

Eventful and conveyed with cinematic detail, Cursed! Blood of the Donnellys is an engaging and historically enlightening read.

Keith Ross Leckie, author of Coppermine (Viking, 2010), has worked in the film and television business as a dramatic scriptwriter for more than thirty years. His credits include multiple movies and miniseries, including Everest!, Shattered City, Milgaard, The Arrow and Lost in the Barrens. He is currently working with Bell Media to dev...
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Title:Cursed! Blood Of The Donnellys: A Novel Based on a True StoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 28, 2019Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771622393

ISBN - 13:9781771622394

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from The notoriety of Thomas P. Kelley's coined title, 'The Black Donnellys' 'Blood of the Donnelly's', and as advertised by this Indigo site as 'Blood of the Black Donnellys' by author Keith Ross Leckie and published by Douglas And McIntyre, is not part of 'The Black Donnellys' and 'Vengeance of The Black Donnellys' series by author Thomas P. Kelley. 'The Black Donnellys' is a registered wordmark that distinguishes the goods in association with which it is used from the goods of others that feel compelled to use The Black Donnellys phrase because of it's notoriety.
Date published: 2019-07-02

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In the midst of the feuds and famine of Tipperary, Ireland in 1845, Jim Donnelly and Johannah McGee fall passionately in love. She is the beautiful daughter of an affluent estate manager, he the rebellious son of dispossessed peasants. With her father’s men in pursuit and a sizable price on Jim’s head, they board a ship set for Canada to start a new life and put the troubles of the old country behind them.Thousands of miles away in rural Ontario, they find the feuds and vendettas of Ireland are very much alive. Jim must make a place for his young family not just with his back, but with his fists.Fifteen years later, the Donnelly family have become one of the most powerful in Lucan Township, loved by some and hated by others. Jim and Johannah’s sons are notorious as both fighters and lovers and torment the townspeople, swinging shillelaghs, burning barns and seducing daughters.But certain citizens of Lucan have had enough. At midnight on February 3, 1880, a mob of thirty armed men in women’s clothing and carnival masks ride out for the Donnelly farm. Sustained by whisky and the blessings of the local priest, their goal is to wipe the Donnelly family from the face of the earth. Yet there is an eye witness and during the trial that follows, it becomes clear that in small town Ontario of the late 1800s, order is valued above truth.Eventful and conveyed with cinematic detail, Blood of the Black Donnellys is an engaging and historically enlightening read.