THE funds at St Brigid’s Hospice were topped up by more than €7,000 thanks to a group of four friends from Newbridge who love to get together to chat and write.
Dolores Kennedy, Risa O’Donohoe and Joan McGlynn from The Village, along with Mary Walsh from The Oaks call themselves The Four Windbags. They put together a book of short stories to raise money for the hospice and they presented the cheque for €7,172.82 to staff last week.
The ladies gather every Thursday in Dolores’s house to present and share a piece of writing. They continue to meet each week but have no plans yet for another book.
“We’ll just keep writing away. When we get together it’s half writing, half chatting and we are absolutely enjoying it,” said Dolores.
“No one was more surprised than us by how much we raised. We have no plans for another book yet but down the line I’m sure someone will bring it up.”
The book, self titled Four Strong Windbags, proved a big hit in the community. Each of the women picked six stories about growing up in the 50s and 60s, their families, pieces written for grandchildren and more. Some of the stories were published here in the Kildare Nationalist last year.