Kathleen on a real high

Kevin Hughes

THERE were queues out the door at The Ring of Kerry Hotel in Cahersiveen as local woman Kathleen O'Sullivan proudly launched her new book 'The Height of Madness'.

Over 600 gathered on the night, travelling too from Belfast, Maynooth, Navan and Offaly, to celebrate with one of Cahersiveen's most popular residents.

"I never thought I would have an occasion like this, it was totally beyond my wildest dreams," Kathleen said.

"At 8pm when the crowd started arriving in droves I was told I'd have a pain in my finger from signing copies but it was better I was getting as the night went on, I was just so happy to see everyone," she added.

Joining Kathleen at the top table were MCs Weeshie Fogarty and Christy O'Connell, St Mary's GAA Secretary Sean O'Shea, Publisher Bridget McAuliffe and Kathleen's brother-in-law Jack McCarthy.

"To sit with friends and famous people too and to see the crowds come in was just fantastic," Kathleen continued, adding: "A lot of my friends said they had never seen anything like this in their lives and I was so proud to be held in such high esteem".

There were several singers on the night as well and songs included 'The Road from Killorglin to Cahersiveen' and, not surprisingly given the location, 'The Boys of Barr Na Sráide'.

The evening was the culmination of many months of hard work and so it was an emotional occasion too for Kathleen who revealed how she "cried like a baby" when she had got her hands on her first copy.

"I just couldn't believe that it had been completed and it looks fantastic thanks to my publisher Bridget and thanks too to Anthony O'Riordan for the beautiful picture on the front cover."

So with the Kerry launch successfully completed, Kathleen now moves onto Dublin on October 16 and the venue is O'Shea's Hotel - Kathleen of course sticking close to her Kerry and GAA roots - and RTE journalist Mícheál Lehane will be guest of honour. Local launches around Kerry are to follow.

"I'd like to thank the people of Kerry and further afield who always come out to support me no matter whether it's running marathons, for GAA supporter of the Year or for my book launch," Kathleen added.

Asked if were there plans for any more books, Kathleen said she'd achieved exactly what she had wanted to. "If I were ever to do a new book it would be titled 'How feking difficult it was to write the last one," she added with a smile.

'The Height of Madness' is available in all bookshops and various other outlets.


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