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Behan-pal author launches latest book of memoirs at yacht club

HE drank with Brendan Behan and Myles na gCopaleen, made and lost a million and has travelled the globe as a businessman and UN observer.

But as he approaches his 82nd birthday at the end of this month, Carlow native Cartan Finegan shows no signs of slowing down -- despite being afflicted with Parkinson's Disease four years ago.

Last night he launched his second book of memoirs for charity at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. His latest collection of anecdotes and social commentary is called '75 Not Out'.

He began writing the sequel to his first memoir '3 Score and 10' at the age of 75. In his new book, Mr Finegan recounts his hilarious encounter as a would-be member of the "Mile High Club", his travels in Tanzania, Zambia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as a UN observer and his lifelong love of the works of James Joyce and Dublin's Bloomsday celebrations.

The self-published book is available through Barnardos Ireland and the National Yacht Club and the proceeds will be donated to the Barnardos children's charity.

Irish Independent