Minister Launches Tipperary Author’s Latest Book

Brendan Lynch regales his launch audience, including Minister Dinny McGinley (second from left), his wife Margie Lynch, and Romanian artist, Anca.

A large crowd attended last week’s (Nov 15) Dublin launch of Toomevara author Brendan Lynch’s new book,  PRODIGALS AND GENIUSES  – The Writers and Artists of Dublin’s Baggotonia.

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley, performed the launch at Dublin’s United Arts Club. He described the book  as

a “wonderful celebration of  national treasures” and its praised its author’s “insightful, thoughtful and informed writing” which would bring Irish writers to a whole new audience.

The first history of Dublin’s  Bohemian quarter, and the first to celebrate Dublin’s UNESCO City of Literature award, PRODIGALS describes the lives and struggles of the authors and artists who inhabited the area around Baggot Street. From Oscar Wilde and George Moore to Samuel Beckett and Maeve Binchy, and including no fewer than four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Brendan Lynch said; “Outside of Paris, there is no city area anywhere in the world which saw such a concentration of talent. These hard-working and frequently deprived men and women were real patriots. Without bombs of guns, they brought honour to Ireland and promoted us internationally. Their work spans the generations and the continents and will endure forever.”

The new book has already been favourably reviewed in leading national media. The launch attendance included former Dublin Lord Mayor, Mary Freehill, Arts Club Chairman, Mary Dunne and such distinguished writers and artists  as Eoin O’Brien, Ulick O’Connor, Joyce biographer, Peter Costello, and Dolly McMahon, widow of the late Ciaran MacMathuna. Nenagh schoolteacher, Donal Whelan of the Ormond Historical Society and the Dromineer Literary Festival was also present. Signed copies of the 300page book may be obtained from (01 830 2511).

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