Aidan Herron and family with Mayor Of Fingal Cllr David O’ Connor
Invited guests attended the launch of To the Beat of a Savage Drum by 2015 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair winner Aidan J. Herron. The evening event held at Ardgillan Castle, guests viewed the Castle at its winter best and partook in some seasonal fare while celebrating the launch by Former Principal of St Teresa’s National School Balbriggan.
About Aidan James Herron:
Since retiring as a primary school principal, Aidan is fortunate to have more time to devote to writing fiction. All of his previous publications were in the field of education. He combines his passion for history and military research with voluntary tour-guiding in Ardgillan Castle. The Napoleonic era drum featured on the cover and a marching scene from the film, Barry Lyndon, were the main inspirations for To the Beat of a Savage Drum. By happy coincidence, Aidan’s mother was from Enniskillen, the home town of the 27th Regiment of Foot, The Inniskillings.
Aidan Herron and family with Mayor Of Fingal Cllr David O’ Connor, Paul Reid chief executive F.C.C , Cllr Grainne Maguire and Cllr Tony Murphy.
About the book:
To the Beat of a Savage Drum from Enniskillen to Waterloo – a Drummer’s Story
‘The drum brings out the savage in a man. Can you be that kind of drummer?’
Enlisting as a drummer in the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot, James Burns discovers brotherhood and brutality in equal measure until his depot life is interrupted by the call to join Wellington’s Allied Army. But nothing could prepare him for the journey to Waterloo or for the terror of drumming men towards the slaughter at La Haye Sainte. And, in a chance encounter, James Burns finally discovers the savage within himself.
To the Beat of a Savage Drum joins the very short list of fiction set around the Battle of Waterloo and commemorates the 27th Inniskillings, the only Irish Regiment of Foot to take part in that epic encounter.
Paul Reid chief executive F.C.C with Aidan Herron.