'Rantin' for a worthy cause
A SWORDS poet has put his words into print for the first time in a book, to help raise funds for AWARE.
'Rantin and Ravens - Poetry from a Pencil Case' and accompanying CD, written and performed by Lorcan Farrelly, was launched recently at Oscar Taylor's on the Coast Road in Malahide where a large number of friends and family turned out to support him.
As the proceeds of the sale of the book and CD are going to AWARE, a voluntary organisation founded to assist those directly affected by the illness of depression, AWARE's Head of Business Development & Fundraising, Amo Sayed, gave a talk on the services the organisation provides.
Lorcan, of Ashleigh Drive, is well known around the Open Mic scene and performs regularly at the monthly event at The Pound in Swords, along with performing at a number of music sessions around North County Dublin.
Lorcan recited a number of his poems on the launch night and musicans which he performs with and knows through his music circle played music.
'His poems are very entertaining, with themes of nature, allotments, money and property,' said his friend Siobhan Moore, who admitted tormenting Lorcan into putting his talent for poetry writing down on paper.
'We decided on the novel idea of putting a CD with Lorcan reciting his poems to give the reader and listener a better feel for the poems,' she explained.
The novel also contains illustrations drawn by Lorcan.
And as a special surprise on the night for Lorcan, his three sisters Mary, Siobhan and Noeleen brought out a birthday cake to help celebrate the poet's 60th birthday.
Over €1,000 was raised on the night from the sale of 'Rantin and Ravens' with a number of the books and CDs still available to purchase.
Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of 'Rantin and Ravens' for €10 can contact Siobhan Moore on 087 6423501.