|Ennis Book Club Festival Mascot|
There was a sharp dose of realism as a young Clare Champion prize winner read her prize-winning short story based on the gritty topic of underage drinking . There was no denying the power and strength of her writing but it was a little too sobering for me at this time of the day and I remain painfully conscious of the tragedy besetting a UCC undergraduate last year, a contemporary of my own young son .
|Brian Mooney launches poetry collection of Brendan O Beirne|
I got back on the book trail at a lecture by Éibhear Walshe at the Temple Gate where he made good case for the forgotton novels of Katherine Cecil Thurston, Paul Smith and the early work of MJ Farrell, aka Molly Keane. He gave an interesting account of the life of Cork born, Katherine Cecil Thurston nee Madden, a highly successful writer in the early part of the 20th century. How extraordinary that she had two books simultaneously on the New York Time's best seller list in 1905, the first time any author had achieved such a feat. I wondered if there was any family connection with our host family at the Temple Gate Hotel?
|Chatting with Mrs Walsh|
|Éibhear signs his memoir Cissie's Abbatoir|
|The late Brendan O Beirne|
|Best TShirt Fred 'Life is too important to be taken seriously'|