John with Jean O'Brien and Corrina Brereton at his book launch on Thursday night Picture: Denis Byrne
Portlaoise author, John Dunne, has donated the profits from the sale of the hardback edition of his latest book ‘A Book About Portlaoise’ to the local St Vincent de Paul.
The well-known Portlaoise man presented a cheque for €1,300 to St Vincent de Paul Society members Teresa Phelan, Mary Cullen, Billy Fitzpatrick, and Mary O' Donovan last week.
‘A Book About Portlaoise’ is a snapshot in time of the social history in Portlaoise since the 18th century.
In the book, John has explored the seemingly insignificant things, the lives of the ordinary people, that have made and continue to make Portlaoise what it is.
The book has proved to be a roaring success with the new paperback version expected to go on sale on May 1 at Allbooks, Portlaoise where the book can now be pre-ordered.
Speaking at the book launch at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in March, John said the book was driven by three emotions ‘curiosity, love and pure ignorance’.
It is a record of life now for generations to come and an appreciation of ordinary people.
“I think you will find that the book is full of ordinary people.
“Ordinary people, I believe, are as worthy of historical mention as any saint, general, sporting hero or Taoiseach.
“In today’s world, I find that ordinary people are too often treated as mere commodities sometimes even with contempt,” he said.