Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons lend their support to Dundalk novel

A Mad And Wonderful Thing's book cover

A Mad And Wonderful Thing’s book cover

Two of Hollywood’s leading actors, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons, and Channel 4’s celebrated newscaster Jon Snow have commented enthusiastically on the recently published Dundalk novel A Mad and Wonderful Thing.

Author of the book, Mark Mulholland

Author of the book, Mark Mulholland

The book was released to huge acclaim earlier this year – firstly in Australia and then in Europe – by former Beerkeeper publican Mark Mulholland, who now resides in France.

Liam Neeson commented yesterday on the locally set book: “I thought it excellent. Deeply satisfying and moving. I also think that sufficient time has passed since the Good Friday Agreement to, at last, have a novel that goes inside the head of one of the ‘Troubles’ protagonists and hear the pros and cons of the conflict (to take up arms or not) told in an original and exciting way. All Mark’s hard work has paid off. Ireland has a new and exciting voice.”

Jeremy Irons says of the novel: “A great read. I enjoyed this book very much.”

And the influential Jon Snow says of A Mad and Wonderful Thing: “Remarkable, it in some way insisted itself upon me. It’s an emotional, shocking, gorgeous read, rooted in such painful reality. And I’m grateful, so grateful to Mark Mulholland for writing such a magnetic and lyrical read.”

“It is a extraordinary thing that the three great men above have read the book,’ author Mark Mulholland says. “And not just that they read it but that each has taken the time to express their reactions so deliberately and openly, and to comment so warmly. Fair play to them.”

Mark continued: ‘Writing is one thing, getting published is another, and getting attention or circulation for the work is something else again. They are each a battle. But with allies such as these, battles can be endured, and, who knows, perhaps, small victories won.”

Mark Mulholland will be giving a series of talks on his writing during the upcoming Brisbane Writers Festival, and later in September, too, in Melbourne.

New boutique to open on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk next week

elmay

Clanbrassil Street is set for a welcome boost as a new styling boutique is set to open its doors on Friday May 2nd.

The person responsible for the new venture, which will be called Elmay Professional Styling Boutique, is Dundalk woman Laura (Hughes) Corry – the former manager of Sally West, which closed its doors recently.

Laura has over 12 years experience in the fashion industry and she comes from a strong family background steeped in fashion history from designers to manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers.

Laura has furthered her styling knowledge by receiving professional training from top celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones who is best known for presenting Channel 4’s hit show 10 Years Younger.

Elmay Professional Styling Boutique will combine both styling expertise with clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories to give each customer an individual look.

Elmay Boutique will cater for a wide variety of ladies from mid-20s to mid-70s and above, and with a selection of sizes from 8-24 there will surely be something to satisfy all women’s needs.

The shop will be located at 30 Clanbrassil Street – the former Madame Kay’s – and will have well-known brands from the four corners of the globe as well as celebrating the best of Irish fashion hosting labels such as Endora.ie, most recently seen on Ireland AM, as well as Avalon, Via Veneto, Roisin McCarthy knitwear and Aria – a company which featured in Elle magazine’s top 10 brands of last year.

Elmay Boutique will offer a special opening discount of up to 20% off for each customer from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th May. For more updates visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElmayProfessionalStylingBoutique

Ciarán makes it three from three on Countdown

Ciarán all smiles on yesterday's show

Ciarán all smiles on yesterday’s show

Dundalk man Ciarán Crawley made it three successive wins on Channel 4 game show Countdown yesterday when he beat Sophie Handling by 95-74.

The salesman, who runs C&D Sales Consultants with his wife Lyndsey in Gyles’ Quay, made his debut on the show on Tuesday when he ended Bobby Banergee’s six-day winning streak. He then followed that up on Wednesday by getting the better of Sean Keefe on Wednesday.

The latest win means Ciarán returns to the show again today at 3.10pm, where another success would ensure his interest in the competition runs into a second week at least.

If you missed his appearance, you can view yesterday’s show on 4OD or tune in today to see how he gets on at 3.10pm.

Dundalk man Ciarán continues to impress on Channel 4’s Countdown

Ciarán Crawley, from Dundalk, on Countdown yesterday

Ciarán Crawley, from Dundalk, on Countdown yesterday

Dundalk man Ciarán Crawley continued his impressive start to life on Channel 4 game show Countdown yesterday by beating opponent Sean Keefe by 98-46.

The salesman, who runs C&D Sales Consultants with his wife Lyndsey in Gyles’ Quay, made his debut on the show on Tuesday when he ended Bobby Banergee’s six-day winning streak.

The win means Ciarán returns to the show again today at 3.10pm.

If you missed his appearance, you can view yesterday’s show on 4OD or tune in today to see how he gets on at 3.10pm.

Dundalk man appears on Channel 4’s Countdown

Ciarán on Countdown yesterday

Ciarán on Countdown yesterday

Dundalk man Ciarán Crawley appeared on long-running Channel 4 game show Countdown yesterday afternoon.

The salesman, who runs C&D Sales Consultants with his wife Lyndsey in Gyles’ Quay, came out on top on the day which means he is set to return to the show this afternoon at 3.10pm.

Ciarán beat Bobby Banergee 95-65 to end the Birmingham man’s six-day winning streak.

Ciarán told show hosts Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley that he once played in an REM tribute band but was now part of a trad group.

Ciarán married Lyndsey (née Donnelly) at a ceremony in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel in April 2011.

If you missed his appearance, you can view yesterday’s show on 4OD or tune in today to see how he gets on at 3.10pm.