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Sunday 17 December 2017

Joe enlists family to help with book

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is 22,000 words into his second book, which is based around the children killed during the 1916 Rising.

"It's never been done before," said the Liveline presenter about his non-fiction book which details the children who lost their lives during the rebellion.

"I've been doing it for nearly two years and I'm up to 41 children," he told the Herald.

Originally it was thought by historians that only 38 children lost their lives during the period between April 24 and May 2, 1916.

And the RTE broadcaster said he is spending all of his spare time on the book and has even enlisted the help of his family.

"My daughter who is training to be a primary school teacher is proof-reading it for me," he said.

The working title of the book is Children of the Revolution, and Mr Duffy hopes it will appeal to people of all ages, including younger readers.

"We hope to make it as accessible as possible with photographs and illustrations included from that time," he said.

Mr Duffy has now made contact with 28 families who are relatives of the children killed during the Rising, including one family in Australia.

Deal

The book is due to be launched "this time next year", and the broadcaster has signed a deal with publisher Hachette.

This historical account comes after his 2011 best-selling autobiography, Just Joe.

He was speaking ahead of the latest Fiver Friday event, which takes place on October 24, where businesses around the country are encouraged to put on a special offer for one day and RTE's Liveline will promote it.

"One butcher told me he did better business on Fiver Friday last year than he did on Christmas Eve because of the deal he offered.

"And Bargaintown do offers for €5 for something that would normally be €40 or €50 or more, and they had queues outside from 2am," Mr Duffy said.

This will be the fifth time the radio show has organised the event, which was the result of a "spontaneous combustion" when a business rang in the show in 2009 saying how much they were struggling.

"This is the real troika - the shop makes an effort, Liveline makes an effort and the customer makes an effort to get out and shop local," said the broadcaster.

jfegan@herald.ie

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