Dun­dalk au­thor presents novel to Pres­i­dent Hig­gins

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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.

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