Monthly Archives: December 2013

Edmund Buckley – The Project Syndrome

Edmund Buckley


The Death of a Socialite explores the subconscious concerns of the protagonist Gareth Rafter as he feels helplessly propelled into the new millennia by an overwhelmingly corrupt society that he would rather not be part of.

Gareth’s artistic ability seems to set him apart from his family and friends but his social circumstances and the emotional pit he has been digging for himself since he was a child seems too deep a plot for his escape into the riches and success that he obviously desires and so rightfully deserves.

As we move through this life determining fortnight that leads up to Gareth’s plan to leave home and the social responsibilities he has been forced to adhere to we find out just how much emotional baggage has been weighing him and his social circle down.

Edmund ran a successful fundit campaign to enable him to print the book.

This first novel by Edmund Buckley is the second commercial exploit by The Project Syndrome.

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Tom Hamilton – Halbowline Revisited

Tom Hamilton was born in New Ross, Co Wexford. He joined the Naval Service in April 1963 and was to return to Wexford two months later for Naval Honour Guard for President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Trained as a chef, Tom spent many years both ashore and at sea. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Office in catering in the 80s and remained as assistant catering officer until 2007.

He went on to work in the Naval Dockyard until his retirement in January 2013, having spent nearly 50 years on the island of Haulbowline.

“Having discovered that a foundation stone for the Naval Dockyard had actually existed, my quest was now to try find the elusive stone. To do this meant rolling back the years, back to the 1800s to an island of rocks and foxes.

What I discovered during my months of searching and research was truly amazing as information accumulated. I pieced together the history of an island reborn from sheer stone rock and reclaimed land.

The island which ay dormant for centuries now began to grown and a great victualing yard, dockyard and drydock emerged, encompassing an area of over 15 acres.”

Tom ordered a mixture of hardback and softback books. His first print sold out within days and he soon ordered another.

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Tish Canniffe – Izzy and the Magic Rock

Izzy and the magic rock

Tish Canniffe was inspired to write this book based on a picture of her granddaughter Izzy sitting on a rock. This image is featured prominently on the back of the book cover . At the age of 61, this is Tish Canniffe’s first book after spending most of her life as an artist and a weaver.

Izzy had always wanted to have an adventure, but she had never expected that she would become a very important part of a desperate battle to save the animals. She must find a way to get back their most precious possession from their deadly enemies the rats and time was running out…

However, Tish has found a problem will her granddaughter inspiring her; all her other grandchildren now want her to write a book about them. Everyone had hope that she does.



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Donal Barry – Desperately Seeking Brendan


Every sport has its star players, loyal supporters and every team has their dreams and ambitions. In Ladies Football, the “Brendan Martin” holds the same honour as “Liam McCarthy” in hurling of “Sam Maguire” in football. Every year, teams set out in search of that Holy Grail.

Kerry last won the All-Ireland senior title in 1993. That was their 11th National title. Now twenty years later, we follow the current crop of Kerry footballs and follow their bid to win title number 12.

All proceeds go towards helping to fund the Kerry Ladies Football team.

Donal Barry is a freelance sports journalist. He is based in Kerry and can be seen at times in The Kerryman and The Corkman.


The frustration in the stand is heard loud and clear but it is not focused at the ref. Aislinn Desmond and Caroline Kelly have just collected two balls out of the Dublin sky and broke down yet another Galway attack. Kerry are hanging on and every ball is vital. Another roar from the back line aimed at a Kerry player who has just lost possession far too easily. “Are they trying to lose it?” a belief shared between the two Kerry players who have to get tight again.
Caroline Kelly mops up another ball and this time it is sent to space. It is collected by Corridan who feeds a ball to Lorraine Scanlon. The return pass never comes and there is a little frustration from the passer, however this is Scanlon’s moment.
She dummies her player. It sends shivers down some of the player’s spines as it is something that is not normally associated with the tall midfielder, but she is unperturbed. She had lived in her mother’s shadow long enough and when she makes space for herself, she kicks from 40 yards against the wind. It has the distance and it is on target.
It has the feeling of a goal in the stand as the Kerry crowd come to their feet now believing again. A minute later it is over and Kerry are Division 2 Champions. The doubt of the supporters is forgotten as they make their way to the field. After all, who is going to miss Bernie’s speech? They have been 4 years waiting for it.

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Monica Doyle – In Step with Divine Time

Monica Doyle

Developing Mindfulness helps us to find calm and stability in our relationships with ourselves and others in the midst of our busy, stressful lives. As a busy Christmas season approaches it is easy to find ourselves out of step with the true reasons behind the holiday.

Author Monica Doyle lives in East Cork where she has constructed a sanctuary away from the hub bub of busy modern life. In her new book entitled “In Step with Divine Time” she explores how to get back into step with yourself and your core Christian beliefs through a series thought provoking questions and inspiring words and music.   The launch of the book will take place on Monday, 9th of December 2013  at “The Green Room” in Sage Restaurant, Midleton from 6.30pm.

A psychiatric nurse by day, two years ago Monica got rid of her TV and instead tuned into her inner vision to rediscover her Christian journey. The self-penned poetry and original sketches are a result of this two year a journey of self-discovery.

“To be in step with Divine Time is a lofty aspiration indeed! I wrote this book for us lesser mortals, who may be feeling a little out of step or a little out of time” said Monica “the book combines a collection of original poetry and sketches, bible stories and a cd of musical treats designed to enable you to achieve a greater level of Mindfulness in relation to your journey.”

Monica’s new book will be available from a selection of book shops and directly through her website from 10th December 2013.

For further information contact:

Claire O’Brien


About the Author:

Monica Doyle lives in East Cork, on the South Coast of Ireland.When not working as a Psychiatric Nurse, Monica is to be found out walking along the cliffs, with her dog “Rocky”. Further information is available on her blog

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Comments from the judge on our prize winning book


IP Awards13 winner Digital Print

The judge had this to say about our winning entry in The Irish Print Awards 2013

“Good colour reproduction, consistent use of high quality tints and very well finished.”



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Lettertec Wins Irish Print Award

Phil Schueler from MJ Flood presenting the Award for Digital Print of the Year 2013 to Frank Kelly from Lettertec Ireland Ltd

Phil Schueler from MJ Flood presenting the Award for Digital Print of the Year 2013 to Frank Kelly from Lettertec Ireland Ltd


Cork based printing company Lettertec Ireland Ltd has won the prestigious Irish Print Award 2013 in the Best Digital Print category. This highly contested category contained 7 finalists from all over Ireland

They won the award for the book Rhymes for Remedies. This hardback book was printed and bound using Lettertec’s unique Ota-bind complete lay flat capability.  It features bright, vibrant colours and Chile red end sheets which helped the book stand out.  The book has been a success and is available to buy not only from Ireland, but the UK, Europe and in the US

Managing Director of Lettertec, Mr Frank Kelly said, “we are delighted to have won this award, all the work was completed in-house and we are proud of it.”

Lettertec is based in Carrigtohill Co. Cork, founded in 1983, it specialises in printing for the business and educational sector, in recent years it has expanded into the printing and binding of books. Lettertec prints books for both individuals and for publishing houses.

The awards ceremony took place on Friday, November 29th, at the Crowne Plaza Dublin Northwood.


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Moira O’Reilly – The Woman’s Totem

The Woman's Totem image


The Woman’s Totem was conceived in 2006 when she listened to a Past Life Meditation CD. She had always been curious about past life experiences but never thought she would be able to travel back in time, to a time before she was born. As she relaxed into the meditation she had no great expectations of success. She was wrong. Over the course of the next forty five minutes she travelled back through her life, all the way back to being in her mother’s womb. It is hard for her to explain the experience other than to say she felt, heard and saw from insider her body.

This is the story of a woman who never existed – except that she exists inside every woman, whether she realises it or not. The story of the inward journey the Woman made to self-discovery and onwards to self-empowerment. Join the Woman through the pages of this story. Learn what she discovered about herself and discover what you can learn about yourself along the way.

After going through the process of designing, printing and binding her book, Moira said the following about the process.

“I’ve been calling this book my baby for years now, so I guess I could say it’s been a painless delivery. Oh and you’ve been a very good midwife so to speak.”

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