There was an international flavour to the recent online launch of Ballygar native, Michael Nolan’s book ‘Memories of Haiti and Other Stories’.
The book was launched on Zoon by Senator Rónán Mullen and was viewed by people from Haiti, El Salvador, the UK, the US, South Africa as well as the four provinces of Ireland.
The launch was hosted by Mary Dolan from Four Roads, who reminded participants that Michael had written of his experiences as a volunteer at ‘Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanage’ in Haiti.
The book also features other stories and poetry and all proceeds will go towards the orphanage as publishing costs were covered by generous sponsors.
In his address, Senator Mullen referred to Haiti’s troubled past and to the current situation. He highlighted some of his favourite poems and stores and said that Covid-19 had made the orphanage’s fundraising efforts incredibly difficult.
Westport native Gena Heraty, a volunteer at the orphanage for 25 years, highlighted the growing running costs in Haiti as well as recent outbreaks of violence there.
She said that every book sold would enable the orphanage to continue its vital work.
‘Memories of Haiti and Other Stories’ by Michael Nolan costs €5 (€7 by post) and is available to buy in outlets across northeast Galway and Roscommon and from the author by email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 087-9695924 or post at: Michael Nolan, Tully, Ballygar, Co. Galway.