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Book Launch | Only When I’m Dancing by Wayne Power … by Wayne Power

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Only When I’m Dancing Can I Feel This Free

– Wayne Power’s forthcoming collection of poetry –

St Patrick’s Gateway Centre is the place to be if you happen to find yourself in Waterford tomorrow, Thursday 26 October, when Waterford Writers Weekend gets underway. The venue will see the launch of author, poet and spoken-word artist, Wayne Power’s latest volume of poetry, Only When I’m Dancing Can I Feel This Free.

In this, his third publishing outing, Wayne Power is truly an author who is well into his groove at this stage in his career. With more than a nod and a wink to the Queen of Pop (and a debt of gratitude, perhaps), Wayne says of his latest offering:

“The lyrics from which this book is named after, I feel are fitting. They encapsulate joy and freedom: something I have struggled and fought for, for a long time and feel I have achieved through poetry and spoken word. I have found my voice and freedom through this beautiful art form that has ultimately changed my life.”

Wayne Power is a writer who “speaks for and to a lot of his generation” in the words of playwright, Jim Nolan. His third collection is, arguably, the strongest to date, which is no mean feat, coming on the back of Everyone’s a Star after Midnight, published in 2020 and Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob that followed in 2022), both of which were well received by audiences and critics alike.

Only When I’m Dancing Can I Feel This Free by Wayne Power is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher. It will be formally launched by Tony Kelly, whose film The Hurler is currently showing in Irish cinemas. The launch takes place on Thursday, 26 October at St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford City starting 7pm.

Copies of the book can also be ordered online, along with previous volumes of poetry by Wayne Power.

Wayne Power is a writer, poet and spoken-word artist based in Waterford City. His work has come to prominence in recent years, both locally and nationally, through his performance art, three collections of poetry and some plays that he has written.

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On This Day: Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton is Published in 2018

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Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton

– a collection of bittersweet tales told with honesty, candour and great humour –

“She caressed the faded ribbon and thought of returning it to the secret drawer. Realising that this would only perpetuate the dream, she tenderly dropped it. The love knot burned, closing an unfulfilled chapter in her life.”

– from the story Kismet, published as part of Portraits of the Past, a collection of short stories and flash fiction by Michael Whelton (2018)

Life, death and all things in between, including the decisions that we make or have thrust upon us, and how we face the consequences; how we allow those consequences to shape our destinies. These are among the poignant moments and personal epiphanies skilfully captured in a carefully blended collection of bittersweet tales, told with honesty, candour, plenty of humour and never a dull moment, though the characters in these stories often seem to dwell in a certain twilight.

Written with keen observation and rare insight, these are moments that are meant to be captured, revealing as they do, the intensity of living in this world and the understanding of what it means to be alive within it.

The city of Cork, where the author was born and spent most of his life, is very much in the background but also to the fore in his writing. Much like what Joyce did for Dublin, the author does for his own native city, with his naturalistic depictions that allow time to stand still for just long enough to afford the reader a glimpse inside

Michael Whelton (born 1938) sadly passed away in 2020. At the time of his passing, he was a retired medical doctor who had also devoted a significant part of his life to arts, literary and other pursuits. He travelled extensively, having lived and worked in Ireland, Britain and the USA. He was also a devoted family man and is fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Published on this day in 2018 Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton is a collection of short stories and flash fiction, published in Ireland under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

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On This Day: Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton is published in 2019

Front cover of the book, Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany by Michael Whelton

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Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton

– an art, music and medical miscellany –

Was Mozart really buried in a pauper’s grave? What role did yellow fever play in the construction of the Panama Canal? How did the painter, Renoir cope with rheumatoid arthritis in his old age? Has history been overly harsh towards King Herod?

These are just some questions (from among a very broad range of subject matter) that are looked at from historical and medical perspectives in an engaging collection of essays by the late Michael Whelton (1938-2020). Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany was published on this day in 2019.

In examining the lives of historical figures and landmarks in human history, scientific achievement, artistic excellence and so on, the author brings to bear his own knowledge, as a retired medical doctor, to ably demonstrates how all too often, truth is stranger than fiction.

Mozart, Renoir, Kings John and Richard III of England, Herod the Great of Biblical fame are just a few of the names that crop up in this engrossing read. Charles Darwin, Ignaz Semmelweis, Marie Curie, Alexander Fleming, Rosalind Franklin are also among the figures who get more than a mention. A firm grasp of facts is exhibited but always with a good eye for the story, as the author casts his trained medical eye over matters and phenomenon such as diseases and epidemics, medieval witch hunts, tattooing, embalming, ‘humane’ judicial killings.

Written in a lively style and a manner that will intrigue but also satisfy inquisitive minds, this is book that will appeal to the general reader as much as those with specialist knowledge. It is also a book that the reader will not find easy to put down, once started on a journey that trawls through medical annals, to probe popular misconceptions or shed new light on the personalities and events that have shaped history.

Michael Whelton was born in Cork in 1938. He passed away on 16 November 2020. Sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew him, he left the world a legacy in the form of his published writings, such as those contained in this volume and in Portraits of the Past (2018), a collection of short stories and flash fiction that often read like Joycean narratives, mostly set in the author’s native Cork during the post-World War II period. He was also a talented painter and engaged actively in many spheres of life, leaving his mark and making an impression on all who knew or encountered him. At the time of his death, he had just completed a volume of memoir.

Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany by Michael Whelton is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

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On This Day: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee is published in 2016

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Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee

– a story of overcoming disability and independent living –

Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee was published on this day in 2016. The book was formally unveiled at a well-attended book launch held at Kells Library, in the author’s home town of Kells, Co. Meath. Family and friends of the author, from all walks of his varied and interesting life, came out to show support.

Rex Lee’s story is one of somebody who overcame disability, never allowing it to limit his outlook or narrow his horizons. Motivated and guided by a philosophy of mental and physical compensation, he seized every opportunity that was offered to lead an active, fulfilling and independent life.

His story is contained within Ireland’s story, as a country striving to assert itself on the world stage, overcoming barriers and obstacles that history had put in the way. His account spans much of period since the Second World War – or The Emergency, as it is sometimes referred to in Ireland. Through his own involvement and activism, he both witnessed and played a part in the making and shaping of the Irish society that has been handed down to us today.

Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

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Upcoming Events | Day of the Unexplained Convention

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Day of the Unexplained

– Irish Paranormal Convention, 18 February 2023, New Ross, Co. Wexford –

Some of the biggest names in the paranormal community will descend on New Ross, Co. Wexford for an Irish paranormal convention to be held in St Michael’s Theatre on 18 February 2023.

The Day of the Unexplained convention is the brainchild of Anthony Joseph Kerrigan from GhostÉire and local resident, Mary Nolan from Back In Time Paranormal Investigators. Both Anthony and Mary, having many years of experience in the field of paranormal investigating, felt that a one day convention, where like minded individuals could meet up, network and explore all things paranormal was much needed.

“It is the bringing together of the paranormal and spiritual community,” says Mary, “an opportunity to hear about our haunted history, ghost stories, witchcraft and even UFOs. Have you ever had that burning desire to know more about something unexplained but didn’t know where to go or who to ask? The Day of the Unexplained has been created for open discussions on spirits, ghosts, paranormal, crystals, supernatural, hauntings, histories, aliens, witchcraft and UFO’s. There really is something here for everyone.”

Throughout the one-day event, the audience will get to hear a diverse line up of speakers, who are more than happy to talk about and share accounts of investigations and personal experiences. Here they will impart their knowledge with the opportunity for a Q&A session after each speaker.

Whether you are an armchair enthusiast and hobbyist or a first-hand experiencer, there is genuinely something here for all. There will be psychics and mediums on hand during the day for private readings, along with an array of paranormal equipment, books, crystals and other merchandise available to purchase. Tickets are on sale from the venue’s website.

Anthony Kerrigan, together with Sinead Houlihan and Jenifer Kerrigan, is co-author of two books on paranormal investigations conducted by GhostÉire, the paranormal research group that he is part of. The Rising of Haunted Ireland (2016) and Drowned-Out Voices (2022) are published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

A podcast of an interview with author and ghostbuster, Sinead Houlihan is available from the website of Irish Radio Canada.

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In Memoriam: Seán O’Donoghue (1958-2019)

Seán O'Donoghue holding a Kirby Morgan 17A helmet in Poppintree Youth Centre, Ballymun

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Seán O’Donoghue (1958-2019)

– author, poet, deep-sea diver –

Seán O’Donoghue passed away three years ago this weekend, not long after the publication of his second book, Native Freeborn Irishman. The first print run had almost sold out within just a few short weeks.

Native Freeborn Irishman is a volume consisting of poetry, prose, family and other photographs. It describes a life inspired by tales told around his father’s fireside, about the actions of General Michael Collins, Cumann na mBan, Éamon de Valera, Tom Barry, Terence McSweeney, the Flying Columns and many, many, many more.

“The bravery of these men and women, inspired Seán to become a deep-sea saturation diver – one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, after that of a frontline soldier or a spy. In all his work with divers, over many years, he never met a diver who was not brave.”

– from the Preface to Native Freeborn Irishman

Seán O’Donoghue was born in Dublin, in 1958. The eldest of four boys and one girl, Seán studied at St. Aidan’s Christian Brothers school, Whitehall; at Fort Bovisand Underwater Training Centre in Plymouth, England and at Fort William Underwater Training Centre in Scotland. Later, Seán studied English for one year at All Hallows, DCU and then, for one year at DCU proper, for Creative Writing.

His job as a deep-sea diver took him to Malaysia (to Sarawak), to work for Shell and, to Eygpt and the North Sea. When the Piper Alpha oil rig went on fire in July 1988, Seán was part of the recovery mission and the toppling operation. He suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after that job. When Seán finished diving, he became a financial consultant, working mostly with divers and oil company personnel.

He also volunteered to work as a Public Relations Officer for Grampian Irish Social Club and, in that capacity, after listening to a group of boys playing in a Mandolin orchestra, he was invited to visit a Romanian orphanage. He went for a week but stayed for six.

Seán won first place with a piece called Ripples, in a competition for the north-east of Scotland organised by the Grampian Speakers Club. Ripples is the story of Seán’s near death experience under the Piper Alpha oil rig, four years before the fire.

Seán O’Donoghue passed away on 8 October 2019. He is sadly missed by family, friends, all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Native Freeborn Irishman by Seán O’Donoghue is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher (ISBN: 978-1-911442-18-9) and available to buy online.

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Book Launch: The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life by William Tiernan

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The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life by William Tiernan

– the author’s third collection of poetry to be launched on Saturday, 8 October

The Father Flanagan Community Centre in Ballymoe, Co. Galway is the venue for the launch, this Saturday, of local author, William Tiernan’s third collection of poetry, The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life, arguably his most ambitious to date.

Whether addressing himself to issues such as pandemics or the war in Ukraine, to more universal themes of redemption and rebirth, battles of the body and the bullying of the mind, Tiernan’s observations go straight to the human heart, breaking down the distance between what is right from what is wrong, conveying it all in his unique and inimitable lyrical style.

William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions as well as strong ties to the community in which he lives, his identification with the place where he grew up. These impressions are particularly reflected in his first two volumes of his poetry: Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe (2016) and Bluesy Ballymoe (2018). In 2014, he was National Winner in the poetry category at the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon.

The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life by William Tiernan is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, along with other books by the author. Signed copies will also be on sale at the book’s launch, to take place on Saturday, 8 October at the Father Flanagan Community Centre, Ballymoe, Co. Galway starting 8pm.

Important Announcement

The launch, due to take place today (Saturday, 8 October) of William Tiernan’s book, The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life, has had to be postponed due to a bereavement. A new date, not too far into the future, will be set however, with details posted here as soon as we have them to hand.

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Centenary of the Death of Michael Collins (1890-1922)

Photo of Michael Collins (1890-1922), in uniform, as a young recruit

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Michael Collins (1890-1922)

– Irish revolutionary leader and statesman –

The centenary of the death of Michael Collins is being marked today. A key figure in Ireland’s War of Independence, chief negotiator (with Arthur Griffith) of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, Michael Colllins was killed in an ambush at Béal na Bláth, in his native county of Cork, on this day (22 August) in 1922. It brought to an end a short life but one that left behind an legacy of immense significance for Ireland and the Irish people.

No single volume could completely encapsulate the life of such an extraordinary figure and the times in which he lived. A whole series of books would be required and still questions would remain. That said, three books published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, highlight and illustrate the diverse range of views, regard and appreciation that surround Michael Collins, his life, his role in shaping Irish history.


Native Freeborn Irishman

Native Freeborn Irishman represents the author, Seán O’Donoghue’s testimony to “how a deep-sea diver was influenced by the actions of General Michael Collins and others, from tales told to him at his father’s fireside.”

This is not a book that is in any way ‘about’ Michael Collins but it does represents testimony to how he has come to be regarded, by some at least, of the generations that followed and who inherited his legacy. What it does contain is a rich seam of personal reflections from an author who lived an adventurous and colourful life of his own though not without personal cost. Read about his travels to Malaysia, Egypt, the North Sea to work as a deep-sea diver; the tragedies he witnessed as part of the rescue mission following the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster of July 1988; his lives and loves, the friends that he made along the way are all chronicled in lucid and vivid poetry and in prose.

Sadly, Seán passed away in 2019 but he too has left behind a rich legacy in the form of his writings, contained in the book, Native Freeborn Irishman, published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher, and available to buy online.

The Truth about the Irish Civil War

Author and historian, Jack Kiernan offers a somewhat different view, not just of Collins but of the Irish Civil War (1922-1923), which will come across as radically at variance and even at odds with what many people would like to believe to be the case.

His book Why Did They Lie? The Irish Civil War, the Truth, Where and When it All Began, delves into hitherto unknown aspects of Ireland’s Civil War, including Michael Collins, who gets a chapter to himself. His is a candid assessment, not exactly flattering but a welcome one for the manner in which it ignites debate about certain troubled, murky aspects of Irish history that remain unanswered or unresolved to this day.

Why Did They Lie? The Irish Civil War, the Truth, Where and When it All Began by Jack Kiernan is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

The Dawning of the Day

Last but not least, The Dawning of the Day by Liam Nevin is a sweeping epic of interweaving tales following the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of three families, set against the backdrop of a turbulent decade in Irish history (the Decade of Centenaries, commencing with the 1913 Lockout and concluding with the Irish Civil War and the establishment of an Irish Free State) and one of great upheaval the world over.

In the following passage, taken from the Foreword to the book, the author describes what motivated and prompted him to undertake what is his most ambitious work to date:

I never remembered being taught much about that time when I was at school in the sixties. It was probably too painful or too embarrassing for those who lived through it. Most history books went only as far as the Anglo-Irish War, when Ireland had ‘won her freedom’. I remember the enmity that existed between neighbours when I was growing up in the fifties and sixties. I struggled to understand why some families were for and others against the Treaty of 1921. My research would lead me to the answer.

The Dawning of the Day by Liam Nevin is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

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Hello world! Introducing TMP Publications

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Coming Soon: TMP Publications

– retail division of The Manuscript Publisher –

Welcome to the website of TMP Publications, retail division of The Manuscript Publisher (publishing solutions for the digital age).

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