‘Holy’ dinners raise €1,750 for India victims RON HOPES HIS CHILDREN’S BOOK WILL TAKE FLIGHT!
THE owners of an Indian restaurant in New Ross whose family was caught up in the floods in Kerala, India, raised €1,700 (20,000 rupees) for an emergency relief fund by cooking hundreds of dinners at their Irishtown restaurant.
Ammu and Shijo were so moved by the plight of millions of their fellow Keralans that they organised the Indian community in the region to help in any way they could to raise money.
This involved everything from helping by chopping vegetables and cooking, to distributing the chicken biryani curries to homes, at €5 a dish. It is estimated that almost seven million people have been accommodated in various shelter camps. Ammu said her mother’s house was flooded. ‘ There was water up to her chest. I know an Indian man in New Ross who lost contact with his parents for days which was very frightening. We spent €250 providing essentials to 46 families and will be helping a lot more families with bedding, medicines etc. €1,700 is a huge amount of money in Inidan rupees so we want to thank everyone who donated and who supported us.’
35 out of 54 dams within the state of Kerala had to be opened for the first time in history due to rising flood waters, causing damage to hundreds of thousands of homes. Ammu, from Kottayam, who works at Goatsbridge Trout Farm in County Kilkenny, thanked her employer for donating the proceeds from her book, Fishwives, to the cause, adding that the book is for sale at the Holy Grail. A local author is hoping to corner the children’s book market with a new concept that he says has generated wonderful interest with publishers in the UK. Having self-published a number of books previously, Ron Smith from Oulart was inspired by a flirtation with the latest gadgets.
‘About two and a half years ago I got a drone,’ he said. ‘After about two weeks I got bored of it and I was in with Danny Murphy in Enniscorthy and I said to him “what am I going to do with this?” He said “why don’t you write a book about it?” That’s how Buddy the Drone was born.’
From there, Ron enlisted the help of talented local artist Ed Doyle who managed to sketch out what Buddy would look like and the pair created a prototype book. From there, Ron began dealing with Michael Terence Publishing in the UK and signed a deal which he hopes will see the book distributed worldwide.
‘Basically the publisher is going to revamp the whole thing,’ Ron explained. ‘I’m told that it will be available to buy by the end of September through Amazon and places like that.’
Ron believes that the idea could also prove a lucrative one and is confident that ‘Buddy the Drone’ could go on to become an incredibly successful series.
Hundreds of dishes were made up to be sold to the Indian community in New Ross, Enniscorthy, Wexford and Carlow.
Buddy The Drone.
The proceeds of the ‘Fishwives’ book were donated to the cause.
Author Ron Smith.