Thursday 28 August 2014

Holly writes about his 'Gorilla Days'

Published 22/05/2014 | 05:26

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Barcelona-based Mallow man Holly Barrett pictured at Philip's Bookstore this week with his book 'Gorilla Days In Ireland'.

One of Mallow's greatest characters has achieved something he always wanted to do – write a book.

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Now living in Barcelona, popular native Holly Barrett introduced his first book, Gorilla Days In Ireland, to book stores in Mallow last week.

Not to be mistaken with Tom Barry's historical work, the book surrounds the life of Holly himself, a character in the story even though he admits much of it is fiction. It is a satirical look at the life and death of the son of a famous but fictitious republican.

The book has many cartoons executed by Holly and some old photographs of Mallow. Inspired by his close friend Finn Owens, originally from Canon Sheehan Place but now residing in France, Holly decided to put pen to paper.

Holly says Finn, who has two books published, put him on the right track and is very grateful for his encouragement and experienced advice.

Holly was born in Humes Lane in August 1947 and moved with his family to Waters Place in 1952.

After serving his time as an apprentice mechanic with Ballybeg Limestone Quarry in the late 1960s he moved to Jersey and from there the roving Irishman worked in Russia, Belgium, France, Spain and Holland before returning to Ireland, where he secured a position with M.F. Kents in Clonmel.

A short time later, after finishing a year-long contract in Holland, his company won a contract to build a hotel in Barcelona in 1990, on the eve of the Olympic Games, and just weeks after his arrival in northern Spain he met a Catalan woman and proudly admits they're still together after 24 years.

The former drinker has been a tee totaler for many years, loves his work on mainland Europe and hopes his book will be enjoyed by all who purchase it.


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