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Monday 18 December 2017

Catherine Byrne's book launch

SHE MIGHT giggle at the suggestion, but Caroline Byrne can lay claim to the title 'Bard of Cullenstown'.

The popular 52-year-old has just published her second book of poetry, which she has lovingly dedicated to the memory of her late father, Raymond Byrne.

Caroline, who lives with her mother Mary in Cullenstown, called the book Always At Daddy's Side, and says it's a collection of self-published reflections based on her real-life experience.

As a lady who has lived with cerebral Palsy all her life, Caroline admits that the book isn't always 'cheery'. Instead she uses poetry to express her real emotions, experiences and memories.

As a self-confessed daddy's girl, she's delighted to be able to honour her father's memory in printed word.

The book was officially launched by John Murphy in Colfer's of Carrig-onBannow on Saturday night.

Her family were present at the launch, including her sister Pauline and brotherin-law Micheal, along with her only niece, nine-year-old Alison, who contributed a full story and a painting to the book.

The story is entitled My Life With Annoying Spiders, and is 'very funny', according to Caroline.

The book, which retails for €7, is currently on sale in all local shops.

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