John­nie’s ‘Born for Hard­ship’ launch is set for Fri­day evening

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

JUST over a year and a half ago local farmer, John­nie Roche penned, pub­lished and launched a com­pre­hen­sive ac­count in book form of the Na­tional Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion march on Dublin in 1966 and his sig­nif­i­cant part in it.

Now he’s back with a memoir of his life and 66 years of in­volve­ment in vol­un­tary bod­ies in his na­tive Castleis­land.

The May 2017 book ti­tled ‘Lis­towel to The Lif­fey’ chron­i­cled a very spe­cific and pub­lic event in his life and, in­deed, in that of Ire­land at the time. Now, his 328-page tome takes a closer look at the man be­hind the im­age of the farmer, farm leader, com­mit­tee and com­mu­nity ac­tivist and fam­ily man.

The book, ‘Born for Hard­ship – A Life through Chang­ing Times’, takes in the mas­sive changes he has seen and ex­pe­ri­enced in that time.

“The book is an at­tempt at a so­cial his­tory of my time from the 1930s to to­day. I was slow in do­ing it at all, and even when I got into it I had my doubts about it on sev­eral fronts,” said John­nie at the week­end as he clutched the first book off the press.

“Janet Mur­phy’s ex­per­tise in the area of pub­lish­ing and her en­cour­age­ment kept me go­ing, and I’m glad now that it’s done.

“Peo­ple close to me have per­suaded me to tell my story to record my ex­pe­ri­ences as a ru­ral farm leader through very chang­ing and some­times tur­bu­lent times,

“The only con­text in which I feel I can do so is in the story of my life,” said John­nie in the fore­word of the book.

Born for Hard­ship will be launched in the River Is­land Ho­tel on Satur­day night, 8pm, and all are wel­come.

There’s a link to the 2017 launch of ‘Lis­towel to The Lif­fey’ also in that John­nie’s great friend from all those years, Michael Kerins from The Ker­ries, will also per­form the of­fi­cial du­ties at Satur­day night’s launch.

John­nie Roche can be con­tacted on 087 13 22 808, or by email at ohn­[email protected]

Photo by John Walsh

John­nie Roche re­turns for an­other launch and book sign­ing ses­sion to the River Is­land Ho­tel with his lat­est book, ‘Born for Hard­ship’, on Satur­day night at 8pm.

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