A new book titled ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ by local author Ann Gardiner has received very positive feedback following its launch last week.

Ann, from Burncourt, launched her third book, a short story collection depicting life in rural Ireland in the 1940s, last Friday, December 9, at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel in Cahir. The event was well attended and there was a wide range of entertainment on the night, said the author.

“We had a seanachaí telling jokes and going around to people, Gerry Looney and Nora Butler sang. It was a very enjoyable night,” she said.

Ann herself sang a few songs at the event, a group of women from Ballyporeen played ukuleles and there were mince pies and coffee for all.

Ann’s first book ‘The House Remembers: A Childhood on a Little Farm at the Foot of Galteemore’, is a memoir. Her second book- ‘Paraffin Lamp Days’, is a fictional short story collection, as is ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ in which the author has taken inspiration from her childhood experiences growing up on a farm in South Tipperary.

The author said this motto of ‘don’t tell anyone your business’, from which the short story collection gets its name, was instilled in young people by their parents.

The book’s cover illustration is taken from a painting by Ann’s sister, Kathleen Breathnach. ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ is available to buy in bookstores and local shops now.