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Saturday 17 March 2018

Martin joins Mary to get last word on the good life

Edel O'Connell

YOU would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into an early RTE Christmas party at the launch of Mary Kennedy's latest book last night

Dressed in a red suit, the stylish presenter of RTE's 'Nationwide' welcomed many familiar faces from the corridors of Montrose as she proudly posed for photographers beside a table laid out with her latest offering, 'Lines for Living'.

The launch was wall-to-wall with familiar faces at Hughes & Hughes bookstore in St Stephen's Green Shopping centre in Dublin.

Among the guests was Mary Kennedy's former co-presenter Marty Whelan, media mogul Bill Hughes, Kathleen Watkins, newscaster Eileen Dunne and Senator Martin McAleese, who helped Kennedy launch her book.

The book is a follow-up to Kennedy's first publication 'Lines I Love', which proved extremely popular and was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. And once again she shares stories from her own life with a collection of musings about "life in all its hues and flavours".

"I'm always collecting quotes, so I always have a stack of them," she said.

"I sat down on and off for six months to pull them together- every spare minute I had I spent it writing. It is number seven on the bestsellers lists now, so we are hoping to make it a Christmas number one."

Kennedy said she was now looking forward to providing the commentary at the inauguration of the next president of Ireland, which she considers "an honour".

Irish Independent

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