BUCKET-loads of books will be brought for children this Christmas but one option will support a Limerick charity.
All the proceeds from sixty nine year-old Pat Mulcahy’s book will go to Pieta House.
Sadly Mr Mulcahy, from Ballina, County Tipperary has close personal knowledge of a suicide, and decided to give all the monies to the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide.
Tommy Torpey’s Mars Adventure is for children aged 8 to ten and was inspired by children.
“I wrote a book about poetry. I met the principal of Boher National School, Una Kennedy, who was using the book in class and she invited me to speak to the children.
“They were asking me where I got my ideas from and one little fellow asked me did I ever write a children’s book?
“So I said, I would have a go,” said Mr Mulcahy, who is a retired auctioneer.
As well as planting the idea of a book in his head, they also inspired the story with their illustrations which can be seen inside the back cover.
Tommy Torpey’s Mars Adventure has a strong environmental message.
“The people are living inside Mars as opposed to living on Mars. The reason they are living inside is because they destroyed the environment because they used to live like the earthlings,” said Mr Mulcahy, who self-published the book.
It costs just €5 and is available from Pieta House in Mungret, or by sending €5 to Pat Mulcahy, Bushfield, Nenagh and he will post back a copy.
Pat has a life long love affair with reading.
“I believe it should almost be compulsory that everybody reads a half hour a day, It is the best thing to keep the mind active,” said Mr Mulcahy, who says he is happy to visit schools to give talks.
As well as talking to children about writing books he plans to pen another one in the future.
“I have a few ideas in the pipeline,” he says.
And perhaps even a follow-up to Tommy Torpey’s Mars Adventure, which will also be out of this world.