Born for Hardship Does the Business for Hospice Foundation

Born for Hardship author, Johnnie Roche (centre left) presenting a cheque for €700 to Jack Shanahan, chairman of the Castleisland branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation with Anthony Begley, Garvey’s SuperValu (left) and Séamus O’Connor, manager, Garvey’s SuperValu, Castleisland. The cheque represents a percentage of the sales of Mr.Roche’s book to date. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Enjoying their post Good Friday Hospice Walk tea and scones courtesy of Nana Bea’s last year were, from left: Mary Mahony, Sheila McCarthy, Sarah and Pat Mahony and Caroline Martin. ©Photograph: John Reidy 30-3-2018

Only weeks after the launch of his second book Born for Hardship, Johnnie Roche found feedback from stockists trickling in.

The book, which he launched at the River Island Hotel on January 12th last, is an account of his life and written without fear or favour and with disarming honesty.

All Positive

The feedback was all positive and one went as far as saying that the book was ‘flying off the shelves.’

It is stocked in Castleisland at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear; Garvey’s SuperValu; Phil Horan’s Flling Station and also at the Castleisland Co-Op Mart Restaurant.

€1 Per Book Contribution

Shortly after the launch, Johnnie announced that he would make a €1 contribution from each sale to the Kerry Hospice Foundation and he was joined in this by Jackie Reidy and Garvey’s SuperValu.

“The book is available in Easons in Killarney and Listowel; at Polymath Books in Tralee and First Chapter in Manor, Tralee and copies have been posted to the US, the UK and various other parts of the world,” said Johnnie.

Kerry Hospice Foundation

On the upshot of it all, Johnnie, accompanied by Anthony Begley and Séamus O’Connor from Garvey’s SuperValu, presented a cheque for €700 to Jack Shanahan, chairman of the Castleisland fundraising branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

20th Annual Good Friday Hospice Walk

Talking about the hospice foundation with Jack Shanahan I learned that the annual Good Friday morning walk will start on the car park side of Nana Bea’s Cafe at its usual off-time of 11am.

Last year’s start and finish at Nana Bea’s was the highlight for many as it provided an opportunity for participants to meet and chat over tea and scones in the café afterwards.

The Makings of the Day

In fact Chairman Jack said afterwards that this new aspect was the makings of the day.

The route will again feature the Black Road and more details will be updated well before Good Friday which falls this year on April 19th.

The organisers were taken aback at the numbers which showed up for last year’s walk – the second to use the Black Road since the switch away from the Kilbanivane / Churchtown / College Road route for the 2017 event.

Ticking Boxes

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a truly sociable, community orientated morning out, the 20th annual Good Friday Morning Hospice Walk will tick those boxes and more.

For more information on the Kerry Hospice Foundation simply click on the link here:

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