Five Golden Rings and a Diamond
Part One: Ireland. Passion and Pain. The Curse of Cain. 1968 - 1971
E. Marie Seltenrych
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Niamh Murphy belongs to a people group called tinkers or Tinceards: folk who roam Ireland doing odd jobs, such as mending pots. Their greatest love is bright copper. Niamh has been used used frequently by her stepmother, Maura, to earn money by begging. Now, Niamh has seen that others live in real houses, with biscuits and milk, her one desire is to find a husband who works, and to live in a house, finally defeating the curse of Cain. She does a runner to find her dreams, ending up almost drowning. Love comes to greet her but her father needs his daughter for the price of a keg of beer. Niamh fights desperately for her rights, but is overpowered and eventually yields to her father's wishes, marrying an abusive, drunkard. Niamh feels defeated for a time, but her yearning for true love gives her courage to once again leave her clan after her husband disappears. Now, she is despised by her step sister and friends, so with nothing to lose, she takes her two children and heads to Cork...