Budding young author pens book for charity

Author...Caoimhe May O’Rourke.

A budding young Galway author has just released her debut book – with half of the proceeds going to a charity that helped her cousin when she was ill with cancer.

Twelve year old Caoimhe May O’Rourke wanted to do something to thank Barretstown – the not for profit camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses located at Barretstown Castle in Co Kildare.

Her cousin Aoife has now fully recovered from cancer – but Caoimhe May said that Barretstown was ‘so good’ to her when she was ill that she wanted to do something for them in return.

Caoimhe May from Corofin had originally written and illustrated A Trip to the Hospital when she was just nine – but rewrote it to a more mature level in recent months.

The title has now been published by Emu Ink and will be officially launched this Friday in the Galway Education Centre at 6pm.

Fifty per cent of the profits from sales of the title will go to Barretstown, and the other 50 per cent will go to Caoimhe May’s own college fund.

“I wrote this book because I wanted people to know that the hospital isn’t really a bad place and that they should stop worrying. And also that breaking a bone really isn’t the end of the world!” said Caoimhe May.

“What I am hoping, is that this book will help out children who are in hospital and don’t know what to expect; as well as the charity that was so good to my cousin when she was ill. I also hope it helps to get me into college so I can write more books and help more people!”

A Trip to the Hospital is the story of Molly who is having the time of her life at her best friend’s birthday in the park – until disaster strikes.

Poor Molly is rushed to hospital in an ambulance. She knows it’s the best thing for her but she’s never been before and she’s scared. Molly soon sees it as an adventure, however, and learns many lessons along the way.

Caoimhe May lives in Corofin with her twin brothers and her parents, Mike and Anna – and her dog, Joe Joe.

A student at St. Colman’s N.S, Cummer, Caoimhe May has been penning short stories since she could write.

At three years old she compiled her first picture book, which depicted the story of a mermaid and her dolphin. It was then that her love of all things books began.

An avid reader, Caoimhe May is rarely seen without a book and loves to write stories and poems in her spare time. At school she likes to be different to her classmates and always does things in her own way.

Emu Ink is Ireland’s first online library for new Irish writers. As part of this the independent publishing house allows each of its titles to be rented, digitally, as well as bought in eBook and paperback formats.

“A Trip to the Hospital is a very special book, written by a very special girl. Like all good writing it comes from the heart and the intentions for which it came about are as impressive as they are heartfelt. It’s a beautiful book and a lovely story, which showcases both the writing and illustrating talents of a kind-hearted young girl,” said Emu Ink founder Emer Cleary.

A Trip to the Hospital is now available, for pre-sale in the fiction section of the library, at www.emuink.ie