We're delighted to introduce a wonderful new collection of short stories entitled TALES OF GAELS AND BALES, written by Lusk’s very own Jim Monks, well known farmer, raconteur, treasurer and founder member of Lusk Heritage Group. These amazing short stories were years in the writing, some were recorded and preserved on audio while more were gathering dust on Jim Monk’s cluttered bookshelves. Over the years Jim packed out the Seamus Ennis Centre with readings, won awards from Fingal County Council and quietly kept on writing.
Now twenty three of Jim’s stories have been gathered together in a single volume. Publisher Aidan Arnold discovered a very talented young Bulgarian girl, living in Rush, working in Skerries and studying art, who produced 14 stunning illustrations specially for this beautiful book. Sit back and discover for yourself Jim’s Ireland of fun and devilment and human kindness.
There’s Paddy Farrell, “a man totally at peace with himself, warm outside from the good log fire in the pub, warm inside from three bottles of ale,” but World War 11 is about to change all that.
There’s Paddy’s only son Boot Farrell who deserves a book all to himself. Join Boot on his hilarious bicycle journey from The Naul to the circus in Skerries, where everything that can possibly go wrong does go wrong.
Meet Hardy Jack, the local postman and handy man. His mother always said “Poor Jack is delicate, he'll not see ten, not see long trousers, definitely not see twenty.” But you couldn’t kill Hardy Jack with a pickaxe.
TALES OF GAELS AND BALES is about Fingal, its rich folklore and its incredible characters. It deserves pride of place on every bookshelf in Ireland. It’s a great read and an ideal stocking filler for Christmas. It should be available for sale by the end of next week, from 25th November onwards, and will be available at the Skerries Bookshop and other local outlets throughout Fingal. Check here for updates