LOVE/HATE actors, rock stars and poets all turned out to mark Herald writer Eamon Carr's book launch.
The journalist drew on his own experiences for the novel Deirdre Unforgiven: A journal of Sorrows, which is based on the story of a reporter in Northern Ireland in a time of political and religious strife.
Members of Carr's band Horslips joined Aaron Heffernan – Love/ Hate's newest undercover cop – and poet Frank McGuinness to mark the launch in the Freemason's Hall on Molesworth Street on Saturday.
"THE WHOLE THING SEEMS TO BE QUITE BLESSED TO BE HONEST," EAMON TOLD THE HERALD. HE WENT ON TO PRAISE JOHN DEVLIN'S ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE COVER AND THROUGHOUT AS STUNNING.
John, who suggested the city centre venue to Eamon, described how the cover, modelled by Alicja Ayres, came about.
"If it's going to be mythical, you can't give it costumes in a particular time and place, so that's why it's a nude model," he said.
Eamon praised the Freemasons for allowing them to use the room, knowing the book and context of it.
"The core meaning of the book is important, so that does the job. I don't have to do very much, it's out there, it's on its own and on its feet," he said.
Acclaimed film producer Noel Pearson, who officially launched the publication, added: "It is a magnificent read, I don't think it's what people expected from a rock band drummer, but it's magnificent. It reads like a long poem."
Attendees at the event including Barry Devlin from Carr's band were treated to a reading from Eamon, with world renowned harpist Laoise Kelly providing some accompanying music.
The Horslips drummer's work is the first play that Doire Press has published. John Walsh from the Connemara-based company said that the work would translate very well to theatre.
"I am looking forward to seeing it on stage and we are excited to see where it goes from here," he added.
Eamon's book is available in Hodges Figges and The Winding Stair bookshop. See www.doirepress.com for further details