Sunday 22 October 2017

Family affair for 'Pigín of Howth' launch

Kathleen Watkins with grandchildren Sadhbh, Saoirse, Kate, Harry and Cian and husband Gay
Byrne at the launch of her new children’s book ‘Pigín of Howth’ at The National Gallery of Ireland. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Kathleen Watkins with grandchildren Sadhbh, Saoirse, Kate, Harry and Cian and husband Gay Byrne at the launch of her new children’s book ‘Pigín of Howth’ at The National Gallery of Ireland. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

At the tender age of 82, Kathleen Watkins has unveiled her new book, 'Pigín of Howth'.

Kathleen arrived at the launch with her husband Gay Byrne, who says he is getting used to playing second fiddle. "Everyone is ignoring me and I am grumpy," Gay joked.

Kathleen began working on the book three years ago and said it was written over "plenty of buttered scones and pots of tea".

Ryan Tubridy launched the children's book in Dublin's National Gallery. "This is a beautiful book by a beautiful woman," Tubridy told the crowd.

The colourful book tells the adventures of a mannerly pig who gallivants around Howth with his close pals Sammy the Seal, the Badger of Ballsbridge and Nanakit.

Irish Independent

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