Ballymagash revisted – Well almost!
‘Medium-sizeTown, Fairly big Story’
By Ronan Casey
News from the regions has always been a popular topic in many media outlets and even more so since the early days of Telefis Eireann. And for those not old enough to recognise the original name for RTE in the early 60s – ‘Newsbeat’ presented by the legendary late Frank Hall was always an unmissable programme for many. Hall’s natural affinity with satire along with Fair City star – the inimitable Eamonn Morrissey led to a hilarious ‘send-up’ of everyday country and urban life and especially politician’s aka Minister for Hardship in the sitcom that spawned the fictitious village of ‘Ballymagash’
Much of this similar kind of hilarity comes through in Ronan Casey’s.
‘Medium Sized Town, Fairly Big Story’ book which is also as good an example of stocking filler that one will find this Christmas.
The book is really a collection of the very best stories from Ireland’s many regional newspapers, but with an emphasis on the seeing the funny side of life. Many of the side-splitting stories will leave you wondering what’s going on in the country, but overall, Mullingar man Ronan has created a window on the real soul of Ireland. It is a snapshot of the way we were, the way we are and, hopefully, the way we’ll always be!
Based loosely on the Westmeath Topic journalist’s own current weekly spot on ‘Ireland AM’ on TV3 and radio slot with the much-missed ‘Breakfast with Hector’ radio show on RTE 2FM and a lifetime collecting stories, Ronan’s book is a laugh-out-loud selection of stories that made a splash in Ireland’s local newspapers… but no place else. And now, thanks to Ronan’s eye for a great story, they look set to make a splash worldwide.
Speaking at the launch of the book in Mullingar recently, comedian Hector Ó’Heóchagáin said, “Working with Ronan every week was a highlight as he brought the real Ireland to the radio in that every other show was full of celebrity chat or political arguments and negativity. He was also still hurt that his show was axed by RTE2FM’s management.”
The book is being released in all 32 counties and in the UK by Gill & Macmillan. It’s also available worldwide online. In its first week of sales in Ireland it hit the Top 25 and it should be very much in-demand this Christmas.
Immerse yourself in the fairly big stories and you’ll love Ireland’s medium-sized towns no matter where in the world you might be.