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Monday 29 December 2014

Book of home truths proves a winner with the locals

joe logue

Published 14/02/2013 | 09:26

A BUTTEVANT native's memoirs, documenting his life growing up in North Cork has sold out its second print run, the delighted author has revealed.

John Cahill returned to his home town last Saturday to sign copies of his self published book, 'Two Walls and a Roof' in which he chronicles his life and times in Buttevant, its trials and tribulations, ups and downs, family struggles and his groundbreaking electronic discoveries through countless hilarious tales.

Despite many attempts, John, who is Chief Engineer of 96FM and C103 only last year finally fulfilled his dream of documenting his memories of his adventurous and challenging life in Buttevant in the 1950s and 60s.

"I simply cannot believe the amazing reaction to the book", says John who is now working on adapting the book into a screenplay.

"To see a queue of people waiting for me to sign their copies outside the Orchid Café last Saturday was indescribable. To see my book on sale in O'Connor's Newsagents right across the road from where I used to live is truly a dream come true".

"Our house used to be an alleyway and was made into our home literally by adding two walls and a roof. My mother's amazing life inspired me to write the book, which I started years ago. It never made it to the printers but I'm a big believer that everything happens for a reason and it feels that now is the right time to tell my story".

Spellchecked by his friend Laurie Rickard, the book initially went on sale through Amazon.com and as an e-book for Kindle but due to local demand for a hard copy, John decided to get the book printed.

Scores of people streamed in to the Orchid Café last Saturday to congratulate and meet John as well as to get their own signed copy. "It was fantastic to catch up with some of the larger than life characters I knew as I grew up in Buttevant and put up to date faces to some of the names in the book," John said.

Corkman

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