YOU would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into an early RTE Christmas party at the launch of Mary Kennedy's latest book last night
Dressed in a red suit, the stylish presenter of RTE's 'Nationwide' welcomed many familiar faces from the corridors of Montrose as she proudly posed for photographers beside a table laid out with her latest offering, 'Lines for Living'.
The launch was wall-to-wall with familiar faces at Hughes & Hughes bookstore in St Stephen's Green Shopping centre in Dublin.
Among the guests was Mary Kennedy's former co-presenter Marty Whelan, media mogul Bill Hughes, Kathleen Watkins, newscaster Eileen Dunne and Senator Martin McAleese, who helped Kennedy launch her book.
The book is a follow-up to Kennedy's first publication 'Lines I Love', which proved extremely popular and was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. And once again she shares stories from her own life with a collection of musings about "life in all its hues and flavours".
"I'm always collecting quotes, so I always have a stack of them," she said.
"I sat down on and off for six months to pull them together- every spare minute I had I spent it writing. It is number seven on the bestsellers lists now, so we are hoping to make it a Christmas number one."
Kennedy said she was now looking forward to providing the commentary at the inauguration of the next president of Ireland, which she considers "an honour".