POPULAR Douglas GAA stalwart, Eddie Murphy, has put pen to paper in a book of reflections, short stories, poetry and Cork humour which will be launched on Thursday night at the Rochestown Park Hotel at 8pm.
Entitled, The Mangola, it's retailing at €10 with all proceeds going to the Rainbow Club, the Cork Centre for Autism, based in Mahon.
And to add further interest to purchasers, there will be a draw for spot prizes at the end of the night.
The print run is 700 copies and any left will go on sale in Super Value, Grange, from 11am on Saturday, and in Mahon Point.
There will be entertainment provided by well-known singer Neasa dé Baróid, Agnes Keane and well-known Cork supporter and former Douglas player, Cyril 'Bird' Kavanagh.
The book's title will be familiar to locals of a certain vintage as the author outlined.
“I had it in my mind for a long time that if I was ever to write a book I'd call it The Mangola.
“It's situated behind the Maxol garage at the end of Donnybrook Hill and the council have done a brilliant job of work in its refurbishment.
“They managed to retain some of the main attractions, like the woods, and there's an old world feel to the place, still.
“But, when I was growing up it was more a pathway to the old Carrigaline Road and a place where I grew up with my friends.
“It was a time of innocence, when there was no such thing as mobile phones, the internet and social media.
“It was a very popular place growing up. The Mangola was associated with the old Murrough Mills and the cottages, dating back to the 1800s.
“It was unique really. I remember during the glory days of the old Cork Hibs, we used play 7-a-side soccer games there, when the likes of Sonny Sweeney and his colleagues would join in,” Murphy said.