This is a story of survival. It is a story of hope. Niamh was raped inside a wardrobe by the father of a school friend when she was just nine-years-old. An Irish catholic, growing up in Dublin, the nuns called her a Whore of Babylon because she was left-handed. And so began a life of abuse. Niamh is a woman who copes, who gets on with things and who knows how to rise above her past - that is until it resurfaces and becomes an obstacle to the happiness she knows she deserves. Singing saved her life and her sanity. It was her escape from hurt and travesty. Running from her past, Niamh travelled to London, Greece and to the Netherlands, where she found love and a Dutch husband. But it was not until she hit her fiftieth birthday, divorced and living alone with her daughter, that she took her first steps on the road to freedom. This memoir shows how a remarkable woman learned to search for the hero inside herself and began to sing from the rooftops about the joy that can be found in the darkest of times. The author lives in The Hague and is actively involved in both local and expatriate communities. "Courageous in the extreme, Niamh Ni Bhroin takes us on a personal journey that traverses the horrors of the past and the loving embrace of today. Magnificent." Kieron Connolly, novelist
Niamh was born in Dublin and was convent-educated. Her physical abuse by the nuns and sexual abuse by a friend of the family (as a young child), had consequences right up through to her adult life. Her absent seagoing father and over-controlling mother also made her seem vulnerable all her life. However, when she travelled to London, then Greece, her life started to change, or so she thought. Unfortunately, the same patterns kept on cropping up. She married a controlling husband and spent many years in a life that was ruled by others. Her stay in the Netherlands was difficult and trying.
Her breakthrough came when she went to Africa for her 50th birthday and met a Masai warrior. She knew that her life had to radically change when he confronted her with the truths of her journey and it did. Within 3 months, she left a life, lifestyle and marriage and started a new life with her young daughter and two Ikea bags and a dog called Mozart. She went on a shamanic healing weekend in Scotland and came back the woman that she knew she truly was.
Since then, she has written her memoir, recorded a cd, is giving workshops on 'Spear your Fears' and spreading the message of 'Empowerment' in secondary schools. Her journey is ongoing and feels that 2012 will be a special year for her. Her healing with her words and performances give a powerful message to those who choose to listen.
Follow her blog at http://www.thesingingwarrior.com