Following on the gala launch of her book, The Height Of Madness, in The Ring Of Kerry Hotel in Cahirsiveen, Kathleen O'Sullivan of that town recently enjoyed a second launch of her book in O'Shea's Hotel of Talbot St, Dublin.
The occasion was attended by Maura Hughes, who is the Chairperson of the Kerry Association in Dublin, with the book being launched by the RTE political correspondent Micheál Lehane while Gerry Grogan, 'the voice of Croke Park', was the MC.
Cahirsiveeen singer Tim Dennehy, now based in Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare sang The Boys Of Barr Na Sráide and The Old School Of Cahir Neath Sweet Beentee on the night. One of the well known Begley singers from West Kerry also arrived and some Kerry Association people joined in to sing songs like The Road From Killorglin To Cahirsiveen, Dingle Bay and many more. It brought great joy to Kathleen to hear these sung in the heart of Dublin.
She was delighted to see Noel Treacy, the Chairman of the Galway Co. Football Board, in attendance as well as members of the Offaly All-Ireland winning senior football team of 1971-72 and 82. They were Willie Bryan, Seamus Darby, Paddy Fenning and his wife. Micheál O'Muircheartaigh came along and signed Kathleen's books with her.
Kathleen extends sincere thanks to the hotel staff for their wonderful hospitality and to all who helped her out on the night as well as the many South Kerry people, in and out of Dublin, who attended.
Incidentally, Maura Hughes is the former Maura O'Connor from Cooil, Valentia Island and Micheál Lehane is a native of Cahirsiveen. Gerry Grogan is also a Cahirsiveen native. All good future wishes with her book sales are extended to Kathleen. Beir bua a Chaitlin.