Public show great support for book about Cork Simon

Public show great support for book about Cork Simon
Monica McNamara author of 'Come On In: A History of Cork Simon Community' pictured with Mary Robinson who opened the night shelter on Anderson's Quay in 1996.

A Cork woman who has penned a book about the history of Cork Simon Community has thanked the public for their support since its publication. 

Monica McNamara from Ballintemple published Come On In: A History of Cork Simon Community back in March and the book has continuously been championed by local retailers. 

The latest establishment to stock the book which is entirely in aid of Cork Simon is SuperValu in Blackrock. 

'Come On In' is also sold in Vibes and Scribes, Nano Nagle, the Quay Co-op and Ballintemple Food Store. 

Explaining how the book came about, Monica told The Echo:

"In 2011 I wrote The Lobby Bar - Music Through the Windows of Union Quay, Cork

"This was a book all about the live music scene in Cork, particularly in The Lobby Bar at No 1 Union Quay, which closed in 2005, as well as the neighbouring pubs. 

"The Chair of the Board of Directors read this book, enjoyed it and asked me to write a history of Cork Simon Community, which I began research for in 2013."

The book focuses on the night shelter in John Street which was opened from 1971 to 1996, and the various characters who lived there. 

It traces how Cork Simon has continuously adapted to the demands of the homeless situation in the city over the years. 

Monica conducted extensive research before ever putting pen to paper. 

"I interviewed several dozen people for the book, trying to get the shape of the organisation and what motivated volunteers during the 1970s/1980s to keep it going. 

"The book starts with the origins of the Simon Community in England in 1963 and then explores the setting up of the community in Cork in 1971," she said.

Last Friday, Monica met with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, whose photograph features in the book when she officially opened the night shelter on Anderson's Quay in 1996. 

Monica will be giving a short talk on the book at 6:30pm tomorrow evening in the City Library on Grand Parade. 

The free event is open to the public to attend.

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