Friday, November 18, 2011

Powers Short Stories

Power of Words: 1. Geoff Power & Andrea Carter; 2. Yvonne Hall & Niamh O Carroll; 3. Mairead Roberts & Emmet Kelly. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Short story writers from across Ireland descended on Dalkey for the launch of Celebrating What Truly Matters: Powers Irish Whiskey Short Story Collection in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation. A special compilation of over 40 short stories, the book showcases Ireland’s hidden literary talent with tales that reflect on mellower moments in time and the warmth of relationships, family and friends.

Great character and full bodied, the celebratory event was in keeping with Powers as it was hosted in the beautiful surrounds of Finnegans in Dalkey. Officially launching the anthology was best-selling author Sheila O’Flanagan, who highly praised and encouraged each of the contributors to the book for which she has written a foreword.

Master story teller Maeve Binchy was there to lend her support with husband Gordon Snell and delivered a touching and witty impromptu speech which was very much appreciated by all. She encouraged budding writers and felt they had a lot to contribute towards uplifting the mood of the country during tough times.

Along with short story writers who contributed, among them fashion designer Mairead Whisker and film maker and producer Hilary Fennell, were Pat Magee and Grainne Galvin of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Tim O’Dea, Caroline Lynch and Niamh O’Carroll of the Irish Hospice Foundation, along with book editor Patsey Murphy, newly appointed MD of Quintessentially Wayne Cronin, artist Lydia Brow and fashion photographer Sarah Doyle.

Beautifully published and illustrated throughout, Celebrating What Truly Matters Powers Irish Whiskey Short Story Collection will be available to buy from Easons and Supervalu stores nationwide, The Old Jameson Distillery and Midleton Distillery stores, and online from and retailing at €9.99.

Powers Whiskey funded all costs relating to the book to ensure all proceeds from every sale go to the Irish Hospice Foundation.