Johnnie’s ‘Born for Hardship’ Launched and in the Shops

Johnnie Roche pictured with a copy of his latest book at its launch on Saturday night. Johnnie is pictured with his son John and grandchildren, Colm Roche (left) Maisie Groarke and Dylan Roche. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Author, Johnnie Roche (second from left) pictured at the launch of his book at the River Island Hotel on Saturday night with George O’Callaghan (left) Michael and Tom Horan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Johnnie Roche was well pleased with the great turnout for the launch of his second book in just over 18 months at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on Saturday night.

Born for Hardship – A Life through Changing Times is an autobiographical account of his life from boyhood on a farm to his jailing for his involvement in the famous 1966 farmers’ rights campaign and march to Dublin and his life since.

A Social History

The 2017 book titled Listowel to The Liffey dealt specifically with that chapter in his life.

“’Born for Hardship 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.

The book is being well received in shop in this locality and further afield. Copies can be bought in Castleisland in Jackie Reidy’s Menswear and Newsagents on Main Street and at Philip Horan’s Service Station, Killarney Road.

In Tralee and Killarney

In Tralee it is stocked by Polymath Books in Courthouse Lane and at First Chapter in Manor West Retail Park.

Eason’s in Killarney are now also stocking copies.

All enquiries to Johnnie Roche on 087 13 22 808. Email:

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