Bloomsday launch for Anne Ireton’s book

Author ANNE IRETON with her new book Spirit of our Times- Zeltgeist at the launch in the Tara Vie Hotel, Courtown, last night.

By Dan Walsh

We are assured that it was coincidental, but Anne Ireton’s second book Spirit of our Times – Zeitgeist, was launched last night at a pleasant function in the Tara Vie Hotel, Courtown Harbour, which was the famous Bloomsday. It was a nice literary twist to a special occasion.

This is the second collection of poetry and short stories from the creative Anne Ireton, a native of Courtown Harbour, now living in Ardamine, and one of the rapid rising stars of the literary world in Co. Wexford.

Anne joined Gorey Writer’s Group in 2016 and it was the founder of that group, and “Anne’s great friend and alloy”, Bernie Walsh, who was given the privilege of launching the publication. “I launch this book and send it far out there into the galaxy and I have great hopes that you will continue writing great works on those blank pages that can be very difficult to accomplish. I look forward to many books to come in the future, well done Anne,” concluded Bernie.

There was also support from Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, Leas-Cathaoirleach Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, who spoke highly of Anne’s creative talent, congratulated her, and read his favourite extract from the book.

“I am delighted and honoured that Anne asked me to say a few words. Anne has been known as a prolific and inspiring writer, very well read, rich in vocabulary and a very deep spiritual writer,” he concluded.

Best selling author and writer with HOT PRESS, Jackie Hayden, praised Anne Ireton’s “high-quality thought-provoking material.

In reply, Anne Ireton said she was “overwhelmed and grateful and a bit emotional” and she thanked everyone for the kind words and for all the support over the last few years.

The author’s sister Jane Hughes acted as master of ceremonies and readers included Álanna Hammel, Mary Keogh-Hanson and Amy Eastwood. Following the speeches and readings and some fine food the literary celebration continued with a music session with local musician Noel Dunbar.

AUDIO ADDITION – ANNE IRETON talking to DAN WALSH about her latest book at last night’s launch in Courtown.

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