In September 2021, I self-published From Dirt and Dips to Dryrobes, bathing in Dún Laoghaire through the ages and raised €10,200 through Fund It. The book was very well received, selling over 700 copies before the Christmas season. It even made a splash on the Ryan Tubridy Show and Joe Duffy’s Liveline. I enjoyed the entire experience so much I decided to write a second book about Dún Laoghaire. This time, I wanted to focus on the elegant lifestyle of the past.
Champagne, Cocktails and Crêpes Suzette is a similarly styled luxurious coffee table book. It is A4 landscape size with a laminated hard cover, 160 pages printed on 150gsm silk paper, with lots of beautiful photographs, many in full colour.
Wining, dining and dancing in Dún Laoghaire through the ages
The small village of Dunleary was transformed beyond recognition when the new harbour was built in the early nineteenth century. The new town was called Kingstown and later Dún Laoghaire, and became the main mail and passenger link with England and the golden gate to Ireland. Dún Laoghaire was not only the point of arrival and departure, it was also a stylish and fashionable destination in its own right and one of the most popular seaside resorts in Europe.
Champagne, Cocktails and Crêpes Suzette is a journey back in time to a golden era where local residents and visitors wined and dined in the yacht clubs, restaurants and hotels along the waterfront, and danced in the Pavilion, the ballrooms and the nightclubs. It provides an insight into the symbiotic relationship between the harbour and the town and how this helped it to evolve into an elegant and glamorous centre of hospitality and entertainment, a "Dublin Riviera".
What are the benefits of preordering?
I am not looking for donations/pledges. Simply preorder Champagne, Cocktails and Crêpes Suzette to support the publication of this book. There will be a limited number of 1,000 copies of the book published. Supporters who preorder a book/s will be invited to attend a launch to collect their books at the Vico in the Queens Dalkey, in late September/early October 2022 TBC. The list of supporters will be included in the book.
Each book costs €35. If you want to order more than one copy, please calculate as follows:
1 book €35
2 books €70
3 books €105
4 books €140 etc.
How will the money be used?
The target of €9,500 includes the cost of printing, typesetting, design and image licenses. It also includes an eight percent fee charged by Fund It.
How will I collect the book?
If you are unable to attend the launch, I will post regular updates here on Fund It with details of collection points and dates. I can also arrange delivery in the local Dún Laoghaire area. Please note books will not be posted.
Thanks everybody for all the support and encouragement to date.