Declan launches 'A Life in the Trees'
Movie-director John Boorman was among the crowd as Declan Murphy launched his new book 'A Life in the Tress' at the Glendalough Hotel on Thursday.
The book is a personal account of the Great Spotted Woodpecker in Ireland and much of the story takes place in the oak woodlands around Glendalough, near where the author lives.
Almost 150 people filled the room on launch night, leaving many people standing, and guests were greeted with two presentations on arrival. A short film showing Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding their young at a nest and also a slideshow showing extracts from the book itself.
Pat Casey TD opened the evening by welcoming John Boorman, Garech de Brun, Minister Andrew Doyle TD, and various public dignitaries to the event.
Declan then gave an exciting 20 minute presentation which introduced the packed audience to the fascinating and quirky lifestyle of the Great Spotted Woodpecker before inviting John Boorman to speak.
The foreword to the book had been written by John Boorman who then explained to the audience that the book was 'highly visual' and written as 'an engaging narrative.' The book also contains both artwork and photographs.
'A Life in the Trees' by Declan Murphy is available in book shops in Wicklow and Greystones and Blessington and can be ordered online at www.birdwatchireland.ie