Monday 19 November 2018

Garden 'fitting tribute to Maeve'

Laura Butler

A garden at Dalkey Library in south Dublin has been dedicated to the late bestselling author Maeve Binchy.

The family of the well-known literary figure, who died in July aged 72, joined 150 guests for the official dedication.

Ms Binchy's husband Gordon Snell, along with her brother William Binchy and her sister Joan Ryan, attended the event in memory of the famous Irish writer.

"Dalkey Library was very close to Maeve's heart and she spent a lot of time here over the years. It is a very fitting tribute that the garden here be dedicated to her," senior librarian Marian Therese Keyes told the Irish Independent. "The county council approached her family and they have been very much behind this project.

"Maeve's brother William gave a lovely speech. They were very touched by the garden and felt that this is definitely something Maeve would've backed."

A number of the late journalist's close friends as well as other literary figures, including Sarah Webb, Marita Conlan-McKenna, Catherine Dunne, Patricia Scanlan, Sinead Moriarty and Tim Pat Coogan, enjoyed the evening.

First a teacher and then a journalist with the 'Irish Times', Ms Binchy published her first book, 'Light a Penny Candle', in 1982. She went on to sell 42 million books worldwide during a 30-year career.

The event also marked the re-opening of the library after a refurbishment.

Irish Independent

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