Later this month, Cavan author Gloria McBreen will launch her debut novel at the old Courthouse in Bailieborough.
Set over a 30-year-period from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s, the novel - Secrets in the Babby House - tells the story of one woman's personal journey through life and love, as she battles the judgements and expectations of both her family and the inhabitants of her native town.
The backdrop to the book explores many of the social and political issues of the time including the mother and baby homes; the focus on religion and life in vocations; and domestic violence. Speaking to Northern Sound, Gloria said that her inspiration to write was triggered by the stories she heard her parents and neighbours sharing and the way in which those stories were told.
She says she is looking forward to launch night next week, particularly because the event is taking place in the old courthouse, and it was the base for the local library when she was a child.
"The launch is on Friday the 20th of January at 7:30pm and it's in the old courthouse in Bailieborough. I love that building because it's where our library was when I was a child.
Kate Ennals from Cavan will host the event and she is a very well know local poet," added Gloria.