Launch of Boyne Berries 15
Boyne Berries 15 was launched on 27 March in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim.
Paddy Smith as MC was his usual bright self with plenty of attempts at humour, most of which worked well! He suggested that Fr Sean Henry, the local PP who launched the issue, might give a general absolution to writers present who do such violence to the English language in their work!
Fr. Sean then officially launched the issue and complimented the group on their work in the community and on the publication of the magazine. He spoke of the importance of the word, of reading and of books and mentioned his own love of poetry. Emily Dickinson is one of his favourites.
A total of seventeen contributors then read their pieces from the issue. As well as locals readers came from Louth, Cavan, Dublin, Longford and Kildare. A great variety of material, prose and poetry and some nice humour as well.
The night ended with presentations of framed prints of Greg Hasting's cover image to Fr. Henry and to Michael Farry the retiring editor. Orla Fay, incoming editor, made some very kind remarks about Michael's tenure as editor and said how excited she was to be taking over.
The night ended with a presentation of a beautiful Children of Lir by Genesis, Mullingar on behalf of Boyne Writers Group to Michael to mark his retirement.
Picture above: Paddy Smith, chairman Boyne Writers Group making a presentation to Michael Farry.
Boyne Writers Group are taking a summer break.
Next meeting will be in early September 2014.