Kathleen Watkins steals husband Gay Byrne's spotlight at book launch
Published 13/10/2016 | 07:46
At the tender age of 82, Kathleen Watkins aka "mad granny Nanakit" has launched her new book, Pigin of Howth.
Kathleen arrived at the launch with her husband Gay Byrne, who said he was getting used to playing second fiddle.
"Everyone is ignoring me and I am grumpy," Gay joked.
"I don't know if I like it.
"All the family are here - including some people I have never met before in my life, but they say they're family."
Kathleen, who became the first continuity announcer to appear on screen on Telefis Eireann in 1960, began working on the book three years ago.
She said it was written over "plenty of buttered scones and pots of tea".
Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy launched the children's book in Dublin's National Gallery.
"This is a beautiful book by a beautiful woman and it will be enjoyed by beautiful children everywhere," Tubridy told the crowd.
The colourful book tells the adventures of a mannerly pig who gallivants around Howth with his close pals Sammy the Seal, the Badger of Ballsbridge and Nanakit.
The book consists of three stories; Pigs Can't Fly, but They Can Swim!, Pigin's Magical Midnight Adventure, and A Day to Wear a Top Hat - in which Pigin pays a visit to the President of Ireland.
Kathleen invented the character of Pigin when her eldest grandson was three years old.
"We're all so proud of our mad granny," Cian said.
"Sometimes I would wonder how she would come up with the stories in her crazy imagination."
Late Late presenter Tubridy is currently working on his own children's book about John F Kennedy's homecoming visit to Ireland in 1963.
Patrick and the President will tell the story of Kennedy's trip to his ancestral home in Dunganstown, Co Wexford, through the eyes of a young Irish boy.