Belfast is really pretty, I cannot believe I had never been. But, as I told anyone who expressed surprise, I am off to Kerry for the first time next month too. Verily I am ashamed of my lack of traveling around this fair isle.
But forget my shame and let’s indulge in my delight. First and foremost I would like to congratulate Ger Brennan for the publication of Requiems for the Departed. I think it was Brian McGilloway who mentioned last night that it’s hard enough trying to get one author to follow a time line, try doing that with a number if ’em. But Ger did and did so brilliantly and I hope after all his hard work this book flies off the shelves.
A big thank you to David, and the much introduced Jill for a genial welcome and some fine wine, thank you very much folks. David’s shop, No Alibis, is an absolute gem and another solid brick in my belief foundation that independent books shops should be supported and cherished. The ceiling mounted Columbo alone is worth a visit (but you should buy a book once there).
It was great to catch up with Brian McGilloway and Stuart Neville again, and lovely to meet John McAllister, Tony Bailie and Tammy Moore.
I’d like to say thank you to all the people who took the time to come out and support the launch, it was lovely to meet so many of you and I am sorry it was only a flying visit. I intend to make a weekend trip up in the near future so that I can best enjoy the food and hospitality.
Thank you again for a wonderful evening.