The transition from photographer/reporter/editor on weekly publications to author / publisher of books is a mighty leap. It’s a mighty leap of faith, hope and a dash of bravery too.
Currow native and resident, Con Dennehy gave it a go and made it to ‘the other side’ without a scratch. In fact he’s about to launch his second book from his very own publishing house.
Kerry Bravehearts is Con’s follow up to the highly acclaimed and sold-out first book, Tough as Leather – The Story of Sporting Legend, John Lenihan which was published in 2015.
‘Bravehearts‘ will be launched in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on the coming Sunday, November 27th. at 4pm.
Heart and Soul
Kerry Bravehearts looks deep into the heart and soul of 42 inspirational Kerry people who have overcome, and in many cases continue to overcome adversity in their own personal lives.
Men, women and children from all over Kerry are featured in the book which brings readers on a
journey that is physical, emotional and spiritual.
“This book invites each of us to put ourselves in another’s shoes, to see and feel the existence of pain, bravery, love, community and courage. It is a book brought to you by ordinary people who have, and continue to live, extraordinary lives,” according to the author.
Life Changing Traumas
Among those featured in the book are: Margaret Curran, Waterville; Kathleen Poff , Brosna; Damien O’Carroll, Listowel; John Stack, Tarbert; Alanna Diggin, Tralee; Adrian O’Connor, Cloghane; Robert Barry, Kilflynn; Marianne McGrath, Kenmare; Becka Flynn, Killorglin; Barry Clifford; Castlecove and Maria Ní Mhurchú, Dingle.
“Each person featured in the book has battled with a range of life changing traumas such as: cancer; Parkinson’s disease; depression; brain injury; loss of limbs; strokes; epilepsy; suicide; rare growth disorders and other medical issues,” said Con.
The book features the incredible and honest accounts of coping with cancer by former Kerry Rose, Julett Culloty from Kilcummin and Tralee fashion icon, Orlagh Winters.
Tralee farmer Tommy Moynihan recounts a horrific farm accident that resulted in the loss of his left hand.
Anthony Morris from Killarney details his traumatic battle with Lyme disease while Rathmore native David Saunders tells his inspiring story that saw him lose a leg to cancer but fight back to become an Irish international amputee soccer star.
“It’s a book that will bring readers through varying emotions from tears to laughter and from sadness to elation,” the author Con-cluded.
The book, published by Roisin Publications, will be launched in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Sunday November 27th at 4pm by Radio Kerry presenter and journalist Deirdre Walsh.
Kerry Bravehearts is available from all good bookshops throughout the county and beyond. For more information contact: Con Dennehy on 087 23 26 282.
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