‘I Love You Because…’ features Evelyn’s fond memories of growing up on the family farm in Roscommon, her school days here, and some of the wonderful friendships she has developed over the years.
Having attended UCG as a mature student, Evelyn qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2002. Now working as a Special Education teacher in County Limerick, she has maintained her links with her native county and her book is sure to be of great interest to family and friends here, and to the wider public.
Evelyn will perform a 90-minute reading from her book at Roscommon County Library on Saturday, November 26th next (3.30 pm-5 pm) to which all are welcome.
Evelyn, a native of Creevyquinn just outside Roscommon town, now lives in Meelick, Co. Clare with her husband, Fergal McCrann (also a Roscommon native). It was after moving there in 2009 and taking up a teaching post in Limerick that Evelyn developed her interest in creative writing.
Speaking to the Roscommon People on Tuesday – after reading from her book for clients of the day care centre at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon – Evelyn recalled how her passion for writing developed in recent years.
“When I started teaching in the Catherine McAuley School in Limerick, I began to write sketches for the children. Then I moved on to short stories, and later to poetry!”
Two years ago, she was shortlisted for the ‘Roscommon New Writing Award’ for her short story ‘The importance of waiting’. She is now a regular contributor to Ireland’s Own, Ireland’s Eye, and Writing.Com.
Evelyn says the memoir dimension of ‘I Love You Because…’ was inspired by memories of her late parents, Roger and Marie (nee Grogan).
One chapter in that memoir section, entitled ‘Second Miracle’, describes the recovery of her father in Roscommon Hospital.
Evelyn says: “He made a miraculous recovery after he received a vision and message from St Padre Pio while he was seriously ill in Roscommon Hospital in 2003”.
The theme of the book is all to do with love and the title comes from her mother’s favourite song.
Evelyn has expressed delight at the initial feedback from family and friends.
“I can’t believe I’ve written the book and that it’s out,” she said this week. “It’s a lovely feeling. The book is broken into three sections: Short stories, poetry, and memoir. Many of the poems are dedicated to people in Roscommon. I hope readers enjoy it!”
*‘I Love You Because…’ is now available in ETL Roscommon, Newsround, Roscommon, Fleming’s SuperValu, Roscommon, Cormican’s of Roscommon, The Reading Room in Carrick-on-Shannon, and via O’Mahony’s Booksellers online. It can also be purchased as an e-book via www.bookhubpublishing.com and through Amazon.co.uk.