Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Eoghan O'Brien has officially launched two new books by Donabate author, Gerard Ronan.
the books are entitled 'Margaret Evans - Poet of Portrane' and S'ophia Parnell-Evans - Feminism, Politics and Farming in 19th Century Portrane'.
The two books have been published in collaboration with Fingal County Council.
Gerard Ronan is a 60-year-old retired civil servant and the author of three previous books: The Round Towers of Fingal and William Kelly of Portrane, published in 2019, and The Irish Zorro, which was published in hardback in 2004 and he was one of the key participants in a 2011 National Geographic Documentary based largely on that book as part of the Mystery Files TV series.
The documentary is still repeated occasionally on the National Geographic and Smithsonian TV channels.
The Irish Zorro has also featured twice on RTE's 'The Book on One' radio programme, and on a Newstalk Radio documentary.
The author lives in Donabate.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien commented at the launch of the books: 'These two books, as well as telling the story behind the construction of the iconic Portrane Round Tower, will provide an excellent insight into the lives of these two exceptional women and also to life in the late 18th and early 19th century in Portrane and beyond.'
Margaret Geraghty, Director of Housing and Community said: 'Fingal County Council, through our Library Service, is delighted to support the publication of books such as these which provide information on life in Fingal in times past, and I know they will be of great interest.'
Senior Executive Librarian, Helen O'Donnell said: 'It is fitting that these books about two extraordinary Irish women are being launched the same week as International Women's Day.'