WATCH: Limerick girl who lost both parents hopes her book helps other children to cope

Kevin Corbett

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Kevin Corbett

SARAH Corbett Lynch, the daughter of Jason Corbett who was murdered in 2015, has launched a book which aims to help other children cope with challenges in their lives. 

The 13-year-old celebrated the release of her book, Noodle Loses Dad, this Monday night in O’Mahony’s bookshop in the city with friends, family and many community members. 

The young author said that the self-affirming book, which is the first installment of the Boogawooga series, is about her own life experiences and aims to “help other children in what they’re going through”.

“I know when I was going difficult times I found that reading other people’s stories really helped me,” added Sarah, whose father was murdered in the United States in 2015 when she was eight years old, and whose mother died when she was just an infant.  

The book, which is aimed at children aged 3-12 got a mention by Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show during the weekend - much to the surprise of young Sarah and her family. 

“I just started bawling my eyes out,” she laughed.

Sarah’s aunt, Tracey Corbett Lynch, whom Sarah and her 15-year-old brother Jack live with here in Limerick said that the experience surrounding the book launch has been “surreal”. 

“She is really inspirational,” added Tracey about her niece, “she just lights up our lives.

“She sees writing the book as an opportunity to reach out to other kids and provide comfort to them,” she continued, “and it opened up a conversation with her family.

”She had already written the stories - she just wanted to get them out there.” 

The book is available in O’Mahony’s and the Crescent book shop now.