My sister Nessa would have been 50 today; no doubt there would have been a party. She was an artist, set designer, historian, writer and mother, and she loved a party.
The image above shows her local history book about our hometown, Palmerstown in County Dublin. It was published posthumously in 2003, two years after Nessa's death, and we had a launch in Lucan Library. My parents, with the help of artist, historian and conservationist extraordinaire Peter Pearson, made sure the book made it to print because Nessa ran out of time. It is a well-researched, beautifully written book.
If you would like to buy a copy - €10 including P&P - send me your request for number of copies, plus name and address, to nuala AT nualanichonchuir DOT com. Anywhere in the world!
While I'm at it, another sister, Aoife O'Connor, edited the magnificent Small Lives, which can be purchased here.
Three writers (so far!) in one family. What can I say? We have bookish parents :)