By Jimmy Rhatigan
HOPEFULLY, a talented mother of three who is about to launch her first book will pardon our pun as we herald what promises to be a super launch.
It would be fair to say that it will be an event for the local woman and her two sons and daughter to re-Joyce!
Joyce Keating and family moved from Athy to our city so that her sons could attend Coláiste Pobal Osraí.
The boys were keen to continue their studies as Gaeilge. They attended Gaelscoil in Kildare but there was no Irish secondary school there.
The family was settling nicely here when Joyce was told she had to have open heart surgery.
A health journey proved to be a tough battle and took its toll but showing amazing courage and resilience, Joyce has come out fighting at the other side of a traumatic time.
During her recovery she took part in post graduate certificate part-time studies in innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise at University College, Dublin.
She dug into the school books while also devoting her time to her 21 year old daughter, Melanie and teenage sons Gearóid and Andrew.
She is now in the latter stages of recovery but she is not letting any grass grow under her feet.
She looks back with some hesitation at a spell when she lost her memory during rehabilitation.
She joined Loughboy Writing Group in a bid to improve her concentration following the memory loss after surgery. She started to write poetry.
The combination of writing and the university course led her to write a story about herself when she was 9.
A book called Chloe’s Chicks was born and will be baptised, bread and buttered at a launch in MacDonagh Junction on Thursday, March 29 at 3pm.
After a testing time for mother and children, Joyce was on the write track.
The book tells the story of a little girl who for writing purposes is called Chloe, who wanted a new bike for her birthday.
She asked her dad for chicken eggs to hatch. Chicks were born and sold to boys down the road.
Chloe bought more eggs, had them hatched and once more sold the chicks to buy a bicycle with the profits.
The entrepreneurship course at UCD was proving to be invaluable.
The book promotes creative thinking, a mindset in of self sustainability in early years.
It is a true story of great pluck and courage and is eggsactly right for children aged 5 to 9 and indeed for younger ones.
It is a 28-page picture book.
At the launch there will be a creativity table workshop, face painting, crisps and drinks for children, courtesy of Dunne’s Stores, tea and coffee for adults from Starbucks.
It will be a real family-friendly occasion as there will be hampers to be won, thanks to Freshco Pharmacy and free family zoo passes come courtesy of O’Donoghue Consultancy.
Joyce says all are welcome and thanks Marian Acreman and MacDonagh Junction for facilitating the launch.