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Fiach Maguire

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of the author of

Peeler & Patriot

& other works

Books & Short Stories

Peeler and Patriot

To keep his local town safe a District Inspector in Ireland’s ‘British’ police made a deal with the IRA during the War of Independence. An intriguing, secret and true tale about one man’s struggle to maintain his own integrity; Peeler and Patriot brings the reader through the turbulent years in Ireland’s history to the establishment of the Free State and beyond.

Professor Charles Townshend* said of Peeler and Patriot: "You have done a good job of combining his life story with the wider historical picture, and though I am not a fan of historical fiction I found the dialogue unexpectedly convincing". 

*Charles Townshend FBA is a British historian with particular expertise on the historic role of British imperialism in Ireland and Palestine. Townshend is currently Professor of International History at Keele University

Short stories
The price of freedom.

A short story of love and tragedy set in Dublin during the Easter 1916 rebellion.


Hundreds of innocent lives were lost during a week of violence, forty of them were children.


Failed flight

Failed flight is a rapid fire account of partings, the hazards of early marriage and loss of innocence.

Killing Mother

What would you do if your mother asked you to kill her?




A reader's review

I couldn't put it down.

This book is much more than I expected. A complex morality tale encompassing marriage and children, love and loss, personal moral and ethical struggles, amid the chaos of a violent revolutionary period. Friend or foe impossible to tell apart. Danger at every turn.

The true and complex life story of Francis Maguire, Peeler and Patriot takes the reader from, turn of the nineteenth century Manchester to Northern Ireland during the Home Rule crises running up to the Great War and then on to The Irish war of independence, Civil War and subsequent nation building.


Peeler and Patriot

Very well written and very sad.

Ines Santos. Brighton and Hove

Not to put too fine a point on it, I thought
it was bloody brillant.

John Smith, East Sussex

I'm no literary critic but I'd say your style is very accessible and fluid and you do ''a good read''.

Conor Brady, Dublin

It’s a vivid and poignant story.

Brian Cremer, Hove

It's a great read and provides an insight into the men and their families of a sadly and disgracefully forgotten cadre. Many lie forgotten dismissed as Crown satraps, when in reality they held the line against a barbarism that has blighted our history.

John Salmon, Cork


Fiach Maguire is a storyteller and author. His first book, Peeler and Patriot, was published in 2016.


Born and raised in Dublin. Attended Marian College and UCD. Holds a master’s degree from Cranfield University.


Lived in USA 1985 to 1995 and UK since 1995.

Married with two young adult daughters.

You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions, or its office holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags--this is loyalty to unreason, it is pure animal; it belongs to monarchy, was invented by monarchy; let monarchy keep it.
Mark Twain
 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


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