Authors' happier endings for good cause
Best selling authors Sheila O'Flanagan (inset below) and Sinead Moriarty have re-worked the ending of the timeless classic novel Little Women by Jane Eyre to give it a "more satisfactory ending".
The pair have been joined by comedian Colm O'Regan who has changed the ending of Oliver Twist, Jennifer Burke who has changed the finale of Pride and Prejudice, and Andrew O'Connor who has tampered with the last chapter of The Great Gatsby.
It's all in a good cause, however. The five are part of the Begin Your New Chapter campaign to urge people to get eye tests for AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) which can cause blindness.
The campaign is offering free testing for AMD in participating eye-care providers nationwide this week and also from a Novartis mobile testing unit which will be visiting Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in over 50s with 7,000 new cases each year, affecting one in 10 people in that age group.
Dr Marie Hickey-Dwyer, President of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists says effective treatment is available for the wet form of AMD which can slow and stabilise the condition in 95pc of cases if caught in time. Details of AMD and the free testing locations are available on www.AMD.ie