Dundalk author presents novel to President Higgins
Dundalk author Thomas Martin presented a copy of his debut novel, The Life and Times of Mr. Joseph Soap to President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin last Thursday.
A member of the Irish Defence forces, Thomas is based at Áras an Uachtaráin and he was delighted to present a copy of his book to the President, who is a well known patron of the arts. ‘During the meeting we discussed the process and inspiration behind The Life and Times of. Mr. Joseph Soap, and the fact that I begun writing it while on overseas service in Lebanon with the Defence Forces,’ says Thomas. ‘We also discussed my link-up with Age Action, Ireland’s leading charity organisation for older people which sees 20 percent of the proceeds from the book’s sale being donated to Age Action and the fine work they do for seniors citizens around the country.
Thomas was joined by his wife Siun Rogers, his mother-in-law Maria Rogers from Kells, and aunts and uncles Carmel and Gabriel Mohan, Clune Enda, and Barbara and Maurice McDonnell, Father Murray Park.
Thomas describes his novel as ‘a heart warming and humorous story about a grandfather who decides to write his autobiography in hope of forging a lasting bond with his newly born grandson, and by doing so leaving behind a detailed entry of his life on his family tree.’
The book is available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon, online at www.alanhannas.com, and from Age Action shops nationwide.
Thomas Martin, 4th left, with President Michael D Higgins, Sabina Higgins and his family members.