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"...a beautiful work of fiction from a vivid imagination."

Excellent review of In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree.l

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April 2005: Chaos Press are delighted to announce that they have purchased the rights to all of Hugh Fitzgerald Ryan's previous novels. We hope to make them available to purchase from this website very soon.

For anyone in the Dublin area, most of Hugh's previous books are now available from the Skerries Bookshop Strand St. Skerries.  Why not call in, buy a book and take it down to Skerries beach for a read!

Chaos Media and Print Ltd  is producing an original TV documentary  following Ironman Austria Irish entrants as they prepare for their first ever Ironman race.

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You Can’t Be Serious - a new book by Eithne Scallan

As the old Theatre Royal, home of Wexford Festival Opera, makes way for the new, the author looks back and remembers what may be best forgotten, but thankfully is not!

To be officially launched during the lead up to Wexford Festival Opera 2005.


Wednesday, November 24, 7PM. Hugh will be reading from In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree in Temple Bar.

Venue : Anthology Books,

The Studio Building, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, D2.
Copies available for signing at the reading.

Recent Media Coverage for In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree.

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"Salutations to Mr. Ryan on a very fine achievement indeed."

Dr. Michael Ryan launches In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree in the Chester Beatty Library Dublin.

Press Releases


7th September 2004

In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree

Hugh Fitzgerald Ryan to publish latest novel In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree with Chaos Press.

…a story of young love in a new country, far from the families they never said goodbye to...striving to build a future for their children in a land torn apart by civil war, and haunted by memories of the native Charrúa tribe…

In his latest book In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree (Chaos Press), Hugh FitzGerald Ryan tells the story of his great grandmother and the South American town that bears her name.

“The story of my great grandparents, John and Catherine, and their dramatic elopement from their native Wexford to Uruguay has been told in my family for four generations. Fascinating me since childhood, I embarked on an imaginative reconstruction of their turbulent and passionate life. The story, surviving in the oral tradition had taken on the patina of legend, but research revealed that the legend was borne out by empirical facts.”

Hugh’s research led him and his wife, Margaret, to visit Uruguay in 2001. They received an overwhelming welcome - from the local people, the schools and the traditional Candombé musicians and dancers. Hugh found the family home of John and Catherine, the Estancia Santa Catalina, existing as described in family legend. Moreover, the village which grew up in that area, Santa Catalina, was named after Catherine.

In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree tells vividly of Catherine and John’s infatuation, which led them to flee Wexford for a new and adventurous life in Uruguay. Hugh’s rich and colourful language engages the reader in the young couple’s captivating life, amidst the violent political unrest of the era, the beauty and harshness of the country.

Read the first few chapters of In the Shadow of the Ombú Tree here. Ombú Tree sample.pdf


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