What’s the story: 1. Louise Mcermott and Shay Healy; 2. Gordon Snell and Sheila Flanagan; 3. Mary Redmond and Louise Byrne. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)
Short story writers from all over Ireland gathered in Finnegans on Sorrento Road, Dalkey for the launch of Celebrating What Truly Matters, Powers Irish Whiskey Short Story Collection Volume 2 in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Inspired by a hugely popular campaign for Powers that ran in the 1980s, this special compilation of over 50 short stories showcases Ireland’s hidden literary talentand covers an array of subjects on the theme of Celebrating What Truly Matters, from love lost and won, ties that bond, mellower moments in time and the warmth and love of relationships, family and friends.
Speaking at the launch, best-selling author Sheila O’Flanagan, ambassador to the project said, “It's a real privilege to be associated with Volume 2 of Celebrating What Truly Matters, and wonderful to know that the Irish Hospice Foundation will benefit from the sale of the collection and that so many writers will feel the joy of having their work published in a book for the first time.”
Gordon Snell attended the event to lend his support for the launch of the anthology which includes a foreword by his late wife, Maeve Binchy. Maeve’s last interview was shown as a tribute to her on the night, where she spoke to TV3’s Sinead Desmond about the project and the winning short story, Après Match by author Cristina Galvin, who attended with family and friends. Other authors in attendance were Shay Healy, writer, director, producer CJ Scuffins, Winter Hynes, Frank McCaughey, actress and writer Michele Forbes, currently treading the boards in Emma Donoghue's new play 'The Talk of the Town' at the Project for the Theatre Festival.
Beautifully published, and illustrated throughout, Celebrating What Truly MattersPowers Irish Whiskey Short Story Collection Volume 2 will be available to buy from Easons and Dubray Books nationwide, The Old Jameson Distillery and Midleton Distillery stores, and online from www.hospice-foundation.ie and www.powerswhiskey.com retailing at €9.99. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Irish Hospice Foundation.