The new front cover has arrived for my upcoming book about Sandymount!
“Sandymount is a comparative newcomer in terms of Dublin suburbs, since it only started to develop in the mid-nineteenth century, after the arrival of the railway from Westland Row to Kingstown. Yet despite that comparatively recent start, it has become a very distinctive place, with a strong village atmosphere.
Local historian and author Hugh Oram explores its history in this collection of over 200 archive images. Accompanied by detailed and informative captions, each page captures life in the area as it once was and is now, providing a vital record of the changing face of Sandymount.”
The Sandymount book was launched at the Sandymount Hotel in Herbert Road at the end of February, 2016.
I’d been trying to get into books for a long while before I succeeded in 1979. The 1970s were a time of severe recession-they seem to come along in Ireland with the regularity of the 39A bus, our local bus service. But I met up with the legendary John Murphy, the founder of Appletree Press in Belfast and for them, I edited a book on fishing. What I knew about fishing could have been written on a smaller space than a matchbox, but we assembled three of the best fishing writers in Ireland and they set to with gusto.
Next came the first book under my own name, Bewley’s, beginning a long friendship with Tom Kennedy and his Dutch wife, Appie Kennedy-Jonker. The book was literally put together on a kitchen table, but the launch in Hodges Figgis in Dawson Street, Dublin, went well, with the help of agony aunt Frankie Byrne and veteran actor Noel Purcell. Donal Foley gave it some great coverage in The Irish Times. My book publishing career had begun in earnest.
Another big break came soon afterwards,when Michelin in Paris decided to launch their first Green Guide to Ireland. After a competition to find an external writer to join their staff writer on the project, I won, having submitted a lengthy Michelin style piece on Limerick city. The end result of all that was endless touring around the southern half of the country. The exhaustive fact checking by Michelin was wearing at the time, but in hindsight, it was invaluable. Getting one’s facts right is always the most basic prerogative for any prose writer.Read more