Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is delighted with the publication of a beautiful new book of Christmas stories entitled ‘And so this is Christmas’ by John Scally. The book will be jointly launched by Roscommon footballer John Tiernan and Deputy John O’Mahony at 3 pm on Saturday, December 8th in Knock House Hotel and all are welcome to attend. John Scally is a native of Roscommon and is the author of a number of books including the biographies of Tony Ward, Ger Loughnane and former Roscommon footballer Dermot Earley. He has devised presented, scripted and produced documentaries and series for Radio One and RTÉ television. His most recent book is called ‘GAA Fun & Games- a compilation of funny stories and quotes from the world of the GAA’. The idea for ‘And so this is Christmas’ came about as a result of John’s awareness of the work of Mayo Roscommon Hospice and because he wanted to do something practical to support the Service. His regard for work of the Foundation stemmed from his experience of the death of his father at a time when there was no such service available to ‘take the mystery and fear out of death and dying’. He is very heartened by the recent improvements in the service with the development of the extended seven-day home care service for the people of his native Roscommon. John is keen to support the Foundation in providing the best possible care in the treatment of patients and families who are coping with the stresses and strains of terminal illness. The book has been very generously sponsored by Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Properties and is now on sale for €5. All proceeds will go to support Palliative Care Services in Mayo & Roscommon. ‘And so this is Christmas’ is available from the Hospice Office, Knock, phone: (094) 93 88666 or on the website www.hospice.ie and from outlets in the two counties.