Mark Henry from Malahide launched his book, ‘In Fact: An Optimist’s Guide to Ireland at 100’ this week, writes Rose Barrett.
Published by Gill Books, this book is released in advance of the cenetary of Ireland officially becoming a Free State in 1922.
“I believe your readers will find it thought-provoking and a vital dose of positivity at this time,” said the author. “As we approach the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence, it is an opportune time to look back on what we have achieved in our first century.
“The answer is an awful lot” We live longer than ever before, we have never been healthier or better educated, we earn five times more than our grandparents did, our personal freedoms exceed those of any previous generation, and the lives of women and children have been transformed for the better.”
Mr Henry noted Ireland seceded from the United Kingdom under the Anglo-Irish Treaty, it was one of the most poverty-stricken nations in Europe.
“Now it has the second-highest standard of living in the world. I explore what we have achieved, how we achieved it, and why our psychological biases prevent us from recognising how far we have come.”
The book will retail at €24.99 and make an ideal Christmas gift, perhaps to residents living overseas. Available in Manor Books, Malahide and from the Pavilion in Swords, it will also be available from online book portals. ‘In Fact: An Optimist’s Guide to Ireland at 100’ available to buy from October 22 next, support your local authors and artists!
Main Photo – Author Mark Henry from Malahide