Cork solicitor Helen Collins, who practices in Skibbereen at Wolfe&Co.ie, has contributed to a book, Stories from the Heart of Ireland, which will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Ireland.
Helen’s father, the late Liam Collins, was also a solicitor. He was an uncle of Law Society past-president Michael V O’Mahony, who apprenticed at his practice in Clonakilty.
The story written by Helen (small picture) was about her family’s home place in Woodfield, outside Clonakilty, the birthplace of War of Independence leader Michael Collins.
Liam was the last Collins family member born in Woodfield before it was burnt out by the Black and Tans in 1921, shortly after his birth.
The Make-a-Wish charity helps make dreams come true for young children with life-threatening conditions.
The collection of endearing stories in the book offers hope in tales both funny or sad, centring on small precious moments or big celebrations.
Writers include broadcaster Joe Duffy, novelist Cathy Kelly, businessman John Magnier, Defence Forces Chief of Staff, General Sean Clancy, and singer Tommy Fleming.
Out now, and published by Red Stripe Press, the book contains over 60 inspirational stories.
It has been compiled by former broadcaster and journalist Brendan Power in memory of his granddaughter, Niamh, who was a beneficiary of Make-A-Wish before her untimely passing in 2012, aged nine.
“Every year this wonderful charity – which relies entirely on donations – makes wishes come true for dozens of children,” said Brendan.
“This book is one way of helping, as the money raised from sales will go directly to Make-A-Wish,” he said.