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Lenihan essays raise €19k for cancer charity

Ciara Treacy

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

From left: Kathleen O’Meara, of the Irish Cancer Society, receives a cheque from Mary O’Rourke, Noel Whelan and Dr Brian Murphy for royalties from a book about Brian Lenihan at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron
From left: Kathleen O’Meara, of the Irish Cancer Society, receives a cheque from Mary O’Rourke, Noel Whelan and Dr Brian Murphy for royalties from a book about Brian Lenihan at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron

A book remembering the late Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has generated €19,010 in royalties for the Irish Cancer Society in its first 12 months of sales.

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The charity yesterday received a cheque from sales of 'Brian Lenihan: In Calm and Crisis', a collection of essays on the life and work of the Fianna Fáil politician. Mr Lenihan died of pancreatic cancer in June 2011. The presentation was made by his aunt and former minister Mary O'Rourke, historian Dr Brian Murphy and political analyst Noel Whelan, who all edited the book.

"We said whatever money it made, it would go straight to the Irish Cancer Society, because Brian sadly died too early from pancreatic cancer," Ms O'Rourke said. "We hope this will help toward research and help other people to live.

"The feedback from the book was marvellous. Obviously, it did a lot to explain Brian to a lot of people. There were 20 essays and each of the essayists knew Brian very well and spoke very well of him. Apart from the money it made, I think it did a lot for Brian's personality and his legacy."

Head of advocacy and communications with the Irish Cancer Society, Kathleen O'Meara, received the donation on behalf of the organisation.

"It is fantastic, it really is, because without donations like this we couldn't do the work we do, including cancer research," she said.

"Pancreatic cancer is considered a rare cancer, but obviously Brian Lenihan and many other Irish people do get it, and research is the only way that we're going to get a breakthrough around pancreatic cancer."

Irish Independent

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