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was born and grew up on the Inishowen peninsula of Co. Donegal, Ireland.
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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
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.
Ireland AM appearance
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 entertainment. 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."
Mc Intyre has published four books since 1994, and has just launched a
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-
In The Wind, and conducted workshops, TV and radio interviews.
Lament In The Wind has since been favorably reviewed by
New Brunswick Newspapers.
Hazel as guest speaker at the Boston
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-
Miramichi Festival 2000
is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Foyle and Radio Ulster and
has entertained radio and TV audiences in Ireland, the USA, and Canada.
Hazel also contributes regular articles and short stories for the local
press and conducts workshops for mental health groups, students, Women's
Institutes and other interest groups both in the Irish Republic and cross
in 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 has since been
Arrival at the new Brunswick Ball
repeated by BNN.
Also while in Boston, Hazel was the guest on the IIC center's answer channel
received an outstanding recommendation on RTE's, 'The Gay Byrne Show.'
level students in Ireland have used her writings as a textbook, and she
has followed this up by giving talks to the students.
1992 The Molen Short Story award
1996 Crispin best First Novel
RTE Sunday Miscellany
BBC Short Story
Daily Gleaner (Canada)