Yes, indeed, the party room at Jack’s Bar, Main Street, Roscrea rocked with the new words of ‘Sweet Caroline’ when Mary McNamara’s first book of poetry, Born from Sadness, was launched last Friday evening.
A packed hall delighted in it all for Mary and her family.
Publisher George Cunningham acted as MC. Poet Carmel Cunningham formally launched the book saying: “Tonight is Mary McNamara’s night; this caring, talented, open-hearted, deep as the sea, loving contradiction that makes up what and who she is. And this evening we are here to honour one of her many talents, her ability to craft words.”
Mary’s Born from Sadness is her first venture into the published world and it was a difficult birth, not because of any lack of competence on Mary’s part, but because she shares so completely, her heart and mind and allows us into the core of who she is.
Mary writes with feeling when something hits her – wham – and the words flow.
Events that overwhelm, for example The Day the Pulse Stopped was written with sorrow, when the nightclub in Florida, 'The Pulse' was ravaged by evil. She captures all the emotions of the people on that night when terror struck, hurt, fear, followed by a certainty that these devastated people would ensure life continued. She makes us feel the searing desolation in A Baby’s Cry.
Nature is also close to Mary’s Heart. The Bog Road, The Wild, Country Life, are some that show her ability to bring scenes alive so that we can all share in the panorama she has prepared for us, one we might otherwise have totally missed.
Memories, particularly her childhood reminiscences will make us remember too and smile. Mary’s love of music is well known, Musical Notes, The Stage, Life is Sweet, are some examples. Indeed the theme of music runs through much of her work, in the reading of it, the cadence and beauty, sadness and joy only her eyes behold.
All the photographs are Mary’s with the exception of the family portrait by Brian Redmond, which is acknowledged.
The cover photo is also Mary’s, taken in one of her favourite places, the Ferrycarrig Hotel, outside Wexford.
The book is published in a limited edition of 250 signed and numbered copies. Almost sold out only a few copies remain. All profits from this publication go to the local SVP and SVP President Con Cunningham was present on the evening to acknowledge the gesture.