Maureen Clerkin, nee McAree from Mullaghcor, is a well known poetess and she has
thrilled many a party with her witty poetic lines. While an employee in Monaghan
General Hospital she composed many a verse about the happenings and people there.
Some were critical, some were praising, and some were just records of events, but
all were very humorous and rib tickling. She displays a great ability to sum people
up and paint pictures of these events. Some were for private consumption only but
she always brought a smile to faces when she read one of her productions. Well the
book has been published and was launched at a function in Sliabh Beagh on Sunday,
October 10th. Kathleen Murray, Patricia Lappin, Denis Corr, Martin Woods, Ann Reilly,
Josephine Treanor, Eileen McKenna and Seamus Keenan were behind the venture and a
huge crowd of former and current employees from the hospital turned out for the occasion.
It may have been a book launch but it was also a wonderful reunion of staff and many
stories were being exchanged. The Official launch was carried out by Isobel Steenson
and a bouquet of flowers was presented to Maureen by Sr. Brenda. In true fashion
Maureen responded by reading one of her latest set of verses and it obviously referred
specifically to the launch night and the sadness at the loss of services and employment
at the hospital. It caused great bouts of laughter and a tremendous round of applause.
She then read a couple of poems from the book as requested. Again everyone enjoyed
her presentation. Indeed this could be a best seller as the first print of the book
sold out and a second print will have to be ordered. Anyone who might like a copy
should get in touch with the organisers named above. Congratulations to Maureen and
well done to the people behind the printing of the booklet as Maureen’s work could
have been lost for ever and it is such a work that must be shared with as many as
possible to bring a smile, a laugh, a lift to the spirit and indeed we need our spirits
lifted. Thanks Maureen.