ABRAHAM LINCOLN said 'the things I want to know are in books, my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I have not read'.
Pupils at Derrinagree National School certainly have a ' best friend' in local author Mary O'Sullivan, who has just donated €1,000 from the proceeds of the sale of her book 'How it Was', for a brand new library of books for her local school.
Although the comprehensive new collection of books has already been purchased, pupils, staff, members of the parents council, and board of management organised a thank you get together for Mary to show their appreciation for her wonderful gift.
Learning support teacher Leonie Murphy thanked Mary saying; "We're delighted with the success of Mary's book, and especially delighted because some of the proceeds have been donated to our school. All of these books have created an absolutely wonderful library, and maybe reading them will encourage the children to read more, write more, and maybe in the future some of them may even become authors themselves."
Principal Aindrias O'Sullivan, who is Mary's son, expressed the school community's appreciation for Mary's gift and also for 30 copies of her book which, he said, would be an invaluable resource for the pupils.
In reply, Mary said she was delighted that the money has been put to such good use.
"I hope you read every page of every book", she told the children, "I'm really delighted to be able to offer this gift to the school, and I hope that it will encourage you all to be better readers".