By Dan Walsh in Wexford
Liam Regan was born in Louth, lives in Stradbally, Co. Laois, retired from working in Carlow, and last night he chose Red Books in Wexford town to launch his debut collection of poetry entitled ‘Along the Grassy Path’
An original work of 49 poems, the attractive cover was designed by his partner Geraldine O’Neill and the publication was published under the Red Books Press label.
Liam has been a writer all his life, but he has substantially increased his creative talents since retirement. He is a member of the local Men’s Shed and a very active community volunteer, supporting the homeless and those in need.
Liam has been writing poetry for years, inspired by the beauty of nature to create his vivid, emotional and striking pieces. He takes part in local writing groups and lists his poetic idols as Seamus Heaney and Alfred Tennyson.
Speaking at the launch of his debut collection, publisher Wally O’Neill paid special tribute to a friend he has known for many years. “Liam Regan is a true Gaelic poet, a throwback to the days of Amergin and the great Ollamhs. In another age, the greatest poet, the one who could sense the shift of age upon the land and feel it groan, was as well regarded as the high king. Their significance was never doubted nor was the profuse value of words.”
‘Along the Grassy Path’ by Liam Regan, paperback, 68 pages, 49 original poems, is available now at Red Books or online at www.theirishbookshop.com
for a tenner.