Award winning Vince returns home to Limerick for launch of his debut novel

Former Limerick Leader journalist’s work is the 80th title Limerick Writers’ Centre has helped publish since 2008

Dominic Taylor, Limerick Writers’ Centre, Eugene Phelan, editor, Limerick Leader, J. Vincent Moran, author and Alan English, group editorial director, Iconic Newspapers at the launch of Gabriel’s Lark

Dominic Taylor, Limerick Writers’ Centre, Eugene Phelan, editor, Limerick Leader, J. Vincent Moran, author and Alan English, group editorial director, Iconic Newspapers at the launch of Gabriel’s Lark

WHILE he has a string of literary awards to his name and has had work published all over the world, a love for his native Limerick ensured that Vince Moran returned home to launch his debut novel.

The publication of Gabriel’s Lark at the weekend marked a milestone for the Limerick Writers Centre, as it was the 80th title it has helped published since it was established in 2008.

Mr Moran, who worked for many years at a journalist in the Limerick Leader in the late 70s and early 80s, holds a master’s degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury for his lengthy comparative analysis of Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw. He also has First Class hons, bachelor’s degree in English from the Lehman College of the City University of New York where he won the “Major Outstanding Writer Award.”

His talents don’t end there, as he is also a classical guitarist. His debut novel centres around the character Gabriel Costello, a young father and husband from Limerick, who has an itch for adventure and a responsibility to provide for his family.

Launching the work at the weekend, editor of the Limerick Leader Eugene Phelan, said he thoroughly enjoyed reading the book which “was beautifully crafted with the main character, Gabriel Costello, a chaotic figure, whose travels around Europe, ensure that you won’t put down the book, until the final page”.

He said that Moran was following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, who were successful journalists turned authors.

“I just hope that Vince has half as much success as those authors and that his debut novel gets the recognition it deserves and that he goes onto more success in the literary word.”

Mr Phelan also praised the work of the Limerick Writers’ Centre.

“Along with running excellent courses the Centre has also ensured that many people who have difficulties in having their works published, get into print.”

Dominic Taylor of Limerick Writers’ Centre said that small independent publishers play an important and vital role in the life of our communities.

“They are run by people who do books because of their passion or belief, and because of a love of writing, books and literature - certainly not because of the profits they will generate,” he stated.

The book is available in a number of local stores including O’Mahony’s bookstore in Limerick city.