Wexford's Red Books in Peter Square received a pretty major endorsement over the weekend as literary legend and author of 'Trainspotting' Irvine Welsh got in touch over a tribute night that the small independent book shop is planning.
The Irvine Welsh tribute night, which takes place on February 21, is the third in a series of nights at the store which has also seen Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac honoured. Local man Kieron Duffin took it upon himself to tweet Welsh to let him know of the upcoming evening and shop owner Wally O'Neill and the crew organising the evening were delighted when he tweeted his endorsement of the event.
'That's very kind of you,' he said. 'I'm very humbled for your support and I hope that the night is successful and full of fun.'
The conversation didn't end there and Welsh also got into conversation about Wexford GAA and the great Mattie Forde!
'Great player of the GAA football,' he said of Forde.
'A real stand-out and one of the greatest players. But Wexford had a great hurling team then too almost matching the bigger counties like Cork and Tipp.'
The tweets from the man himself have sparked great excitement around the Irvine Welsh tribute night, which comes hot on the heels of last week's Jack Kerouac tribute. Honouring the 'King of the Beatniks' a collection of local poets, musicians and authors got together to reflect on the work of the 'On the Road' author. Among those who took to the mic on the night were Zeff Ryder, John McGarrigle, Suzi Marsden, Dan Finn, Rory Stafford, Connell, Daithí Kavanagh and shop owner Wally O'Neill.
'Anyone's welcome and the nights are run in a fun, informal and engaging way,' said Zeff Ryder.
'We are a very welcoming and open-minded bunch and actively encourage people who are novices and might not have read or performed before to have a go.'