Racing Reflections – the Life and Times of Irish Racing People, by Margaret Lantry and Jane O'Keefe, was launched at Horse Racing Ireland headquarters recently by outgoing chairman Denis Brosnan.
The book contains 25 personal stories of people in racing, including such legendary figures as Marguerite Weld, Christopher Gainsford-St Lawrence, William Robinson, Sonia Rogers, Valentine Lamb, Jacqueline O'Brien and Stan Cosgrove. On sale from €20, with €5 from each copy going to the Injured Jockeys Fund in Ireland. Buy online from www.irishlifeandlore.com.
Radical Augustinian remembered
Fr James Anderson, an Augustinian priest, was one of the most radical clerical figures of the 19th Century. A supporter of the Fenians, a friend of John Boyle O'Reilly and later Patrick Pearse, he was continually censured for his controversial views. James Flynn, a Drogheda historian, has written The Life of Fr Anderson, OSA, which will be launched by Eoghan Harris at 8pm next Thursday at the Augustinian Church, Drogheda, where the priest was based for years. Proceeds of the sale of the book go to the Christmas charity fund run by Fr Iggy O'Donovan, another Drogheda-based Augustinian priest not slow to speak his mind.
Carpenters tribute comes to Dublin
TONI Lee as Karen Carpenter, We've Only Just Begun – The Greatest Love Songs, A Celebration of The Carpenters, is back: Friday, December 28, at The Victory Centre, Firhouse Road, Dublin 24; and Saturday, December 29, at the Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Dublin. Tickets are on sale now.
De Bhrun's show is back by demand
Female of the Species, Amy de Bhrun's one-woman show, is back by popular demand at The Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1, on Monday, December 10. The show is described as "a fascinating look into the female psyche – with some hilarious discoveries".
Ballymaloe poetry contest closes soon
December 31 is the closing date for the Ballymaloe International Poetry prize, worth €5,000 to the winner, plus two nights' B&B and dinner for two at Ballymaloe House in Co Cork (with second and third prizes of €1,000 and €500). Entry costs €6 per poem. To enter, log on to www.themothmagazine.com or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made out to 'The Moth' at 81 Church Street in Cavan. Last year's winner was Paul McMahon from Sligo.