Thursday 29 September 2016

Train comes in for fans of John Connolly at a certain station

Published 05/04/2016 | 02:30

John Connolly signs his new book ‘A Time of Torment’ for Mary Barrow from Drogheda. Photo: Doug O’Connor
John Connolly signs his new book ‘A Time of Torment’ for Mary Barrow from Drogheda. Photo: Doug O’Connor

Meeting 'Connolly at Connolly' was the happy outcome for Roscommon native James Meehan. He was among the fans of popular Irish fiction writer John Connolly who queued at the Dublin train station to meet the author.

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The former journalist turned crime fiction writer from Dublin happily signed copies of 'A Time of Torment', the 14th instalment of his hugely popular Charlie Parker crime series, at the busy train station yesterday.

Mr Meehan, (37), from Cootehill, took the train from Sligo yesterday in order to meet his literary hero and get a signed copy of the book, as well as some other memorabilia.

Describing himself and his wife as huge fans, he said he got hooked on the quirky crime and horror writer as a teenager.

He has not only read every one of his books but is also succeeding in his mission to get signed first editions of every book that the Crumlin native has published.

"What I can't get over is how personable he is all the time," he said.

Mr Connolly made Irish literary history after receiving the largest-ever advance on his first book, 'Every Dead Thing', in 1998. It launched the protagonist Charlie Parker and the writer's career, which has made him a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.

Irish Independent

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