Michael Coady, Catriona Clutterbuck of UCD, Gallery Press founder Peter Fallon and Walter Dunphy at the launch of "Given Light".
The function room of the Carraig Hotel in Carrick-on-Suir was packed for the launch of Carrick-on-Suir writer Michael's Coady's seventh book of prose and poetry "Given Light" last Sunday.
People queued to get copies of “Given Light” signed by the award winning writer before and after the launch ceremony.
Master of Ceremonies Walter Dunphy spoke of how fortunate the people of Carrick-on-Suir were to have Michael, who has enriched the lives of so many over the years. He said Michael was "central to the social fabric of the town with intimate knowledge of its rich past". And he spoke of Michael’s links to Newfoundland and the deserved literary awards he has received.
Gallery Press founder and editor Peter Fallon praised Michael Coady's latest work and recalled the thrill of discovering the Carrick writer's distinctive voice over 37 years ago. This voice was carried through with great strength in every single book.
"Philip Larkin, the poet, had chronicled England and Michael Coady has chronicled Ireland for four decades," he said.
Mullinahone born lecturer and researcher Catriona Clutterbuck of UCD's School of English and Drama, officially launched “Given Light” and gave a wonderful talk on Michael’s work.
She said she was very proud to be part of the "birth" of "Given Light " where Michael’s vivid memories and perception of time and people are moulded into a raw compassionate and vibrant thread of living, earthy yet ethereal, and so mysteriously tangible.
Michael Coady, who is a former columnist of The Nationalist and is a member of Aosdána, spoke poignantly of his former teacher and great friend, the late Liam Hogan, in whose memory he has dedicated "Given Light".
He said Liam had a character of "enormous integrity, liberal principles and a very strong sense of democracy".
Michael then read from “Given Light”, which features some of his own photographs, and concluded with music from the Chris Palmer Jazz Band, who played in Carrick-on-Suir in 1955.
The book is now on sale in local book shops.