Thursday, July 25, 2019

We’re all familiar with the saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, but probably not as many have heard the second part of that saying: ‘All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.’

In other words, work matters. It gives shape to our lives and to our characters – and it usually occupies a fair portion of our waking moments.

In a new book entitled ‘Irish Working Lives’, Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell takes a look at a broad array of people across Ireland and offers insight into their particular occupations and what inspires them in their chosen field.

The book will be launched this evening (Thursday)

Enda Kenny is pictured with Sean O’Rourke, Marie Louise O’Donnell and Eric Luke at the Dublin launch of Irish Working Lives in May. Picture: Moya Nolan

at Castlebar Library, by Enda Kenny, TD. For Senator O’Donnell, it’s a return home to her native Mayo, where the book was written.

Indeed, one of the people featured in the book is fly-fisherman Kieran Connolly, from Pontoon.

With stunning photos from award-winning photographer Eric Luke, the book is an evocative and meditative examination of people’s lives as they go about their work.

Irish Working Lives is the story of the encounters – by turns candid and lyrical – that illuminate the ways in which these individuals perceive their chosen occupation, its day-to-day demands and the inextricable relationship between work life and spiritual life.

In these impassioned, remarkably diverse vignettes, Marie Louise relates her travels across the length and breadth of the country, engaging with a selection of committed Irish men and women whose work forms the lifeblood of our island nation.

Whether spending a day on the road with a postman in Co Wicklow or meeting the Galway gardener who has used her own experience of personal tragedy to help others heal, Marie Louise’s assiduity and innate curiosity enliven each and every encounter. Mayo group Coda will bring their diverse vocal and instrumental talents to the gathering at Castlebar Library and there will be refreshments.

Castle Bookshop will be selling copies of the book and the author will be available for signing. This evening’s entertainment commences at 8pm.

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