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From top: For Ava, by Vera Twomey, published by Mercier Press; Garret O’Callaghan

Free Thursday?

At Eason’s on Patrick Street in Cork city, from 6pm.

Former radio and TV presenter Gareth O’Callaghan will launch For Ava – a book by Vera Twomey about her daughter Ava, who lives with Dravet Syndrome, and their fight to obtain medicinal cannabis in Ireland.

Ahead of the launch, Gareth writes:

….I first heard of Vera Twomey in early 2016 when she spoke on a radio chat show about her daughter’s chronic illness and how, despite repeated efforts to get her the medication she desperately needed to help Ava stay alive, the doors of power and authority continued to slam in her face.

But Vera refused to give up.

Her beautiful book, For Ava, has just been published and it’s in all of your favourite bookshops around Ireland right now.

If they tell you they don’t have it in stock, ask them to order it for you. You can go online and order of from a variety of websites including Eason.

Vera has paved the way for so many who will benefit from her heroic struggle. Her point-blank refusal to shut up and go away, like so many others would do and have done, has meant that her daughter is now seizure free and attending school each day, and engaging in many other activities that any nine-year old child would regard as normal.

Her book is filled with stories that will make you laugh and cry. The background to her story is also an accurate reflection of the daily struggles that so many of the frontline staff within the HSE have to endure: paramedics, junior doctors, nurses, and carers.

On one particular night, an ambulance had to be dispatched from Kilkenny in order that Ava could be taken to hospital in Cork following one of her worst seizures ever. That’s a 140-mile journey that took the paramedics almost three hours!

This is a book about a mother’s love and devotion to her daughter, and it’s also a book about a small child’s terrible illness and her family’s fight for medical justice.

It is beautifully written with tenderness and compassion, but the warmhearted anecdotes are never far from the ruthless, innate determination of one woman who refused to go away and accept that the health and wellbeing of her daughter Ava would or could ever be silenced by those in the corridors of power.

If there was only one book I would recommend you to buy this year, it would be this one; and if you happen to be passing Eason’s in Patrick Street in Cork this coming Thursday evening around 6.15pm, please drop in and say hello.

It will be my honour to launch this epic book, and to introduce Vera Twomey.

Cork Book Launch For Ava by Vera Twomey With Guest Gareth O’Callaghan (Eventbrite)

For Ava (Mercier Press)

Next Friday.

At the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, at 6pm.

Visual artist and researcher Vukašin Nedeljković will launch his book titled Asylum Archive – the same name as his Twitter handle from which he has documented the conditions of living in Direct Provision for six years.

Vukašin, from Serbia, sought asylum in Ireland in 2007, and has been granted ‘leave to remain’ in Ireland.

Asylum Archive

Related: Asylum Archive: An Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland

Previously: Postcards from Direct Provision

Inside The Asylum


From top: Cover and sample page of Jonathan Sugarman’s book The Whistleblower; and Mr Sugarman (centre) at the launch of his book at Buswells Hotel in Dublin this morning, with MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Diarmuid O’Flynn, of Ballyhea Says No

A bit of a hero, in fairness.

Jonathan Sugarman is a former executive at Unicredit Bank Ireland in Dublin’s IFSC who resigned in September 2007 after giving a detailed account of enormous liquidity breaches at his bank a year before the financial crash.

Mr Sugarman, whose warning were ignored by the Central Bank, gave an address (above) to MEPs last week and earlier today launched his book The Whistleblower, published with the help of Luke Flanagan MEP, in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2.

Those who wish can buy the book, priced €3.75, a on Smashwords here

Transcript via Oireachtas.ie

Pics: Smashwords and Denis pⓐrfёnov

Thanks Richard Farrell



Brand New Retro‘s Brian McMahon will launch the Brand New Retro buke this Thursday at 6.30pm upstairs in the Workman’s Club [Wellington Quay], Dublin.

It’s the best of and latest greatest hits from the Brand New Retro site.

Brian writes:

After almost 5 years of digitising content for brandnewretro.ie the time is right to bring these scans back to the format in which they first appeared, and the format in which they are best appreciated. Print. I am delighted to announce that the Brand New Retro book will be on sale from this Thursday. The book is a uniquely Irish compendium of over 700 images, adverts and articles featuring the best bits from brandnewretro.ie along with lots of new scans. The book is a collaboration with my pal Joe Collins and is published through Liberties Press.


A night of Irish pop culture will ensue at MVP, Clanbrassil Steet, Dublin 8 tonight.

This Is Banter will be joined by Brian, Joe Collins and Sinead Kenny to talk about the motivation behind Brand New Retro and the early days of Irish pop culture and Life before the Internet.

Brand New Retro – The Book, November 2015 (update)

Previously: Brand New Retro on Broadsheet