Archive : Literary Programme 2014

Fionnbar Walsh

Fionnbar Walsh
(in conversation with Sue Leonard)

Fionnbar Walsh
Sue Leonard


Fri 11 July



FIONNBAR WALSH the author of Donal’s Mountain: The Story of the Son who Inspired a Nation.

‘…much as I’d love to go around  to every fool on this planet and open their eyes to the mountains that surround them in life, I can’t. But maybe if I shout from mine they’ll pay attention.’ – Donal Walsh

Donal Walsh’s extraordinary message about living life to the full first came to international attention when, aged sixteen, he wrote a letter, published in the Irish Independent, that spoke out against an epidemic of suicide among young Irish people. Donal was dying of cancer but still found time to inspire others. In May 2013, Donal passed away.

Fionnbar Walsh is Donal’s father and the busy and welcoming manager of The Maritime Hotel. His account of Donal’s life reflects on how Donal came to terms with his illness and how he spent his last weeks making as much of a difference to other people’s lives as he could. Fionnbar will read from the book and talk about how he has dealt with the last year while also embarking on a crash course in the publishing world.

Part of the proceeds from tonight’s event will go towards