Cathal Cregg originally of Boyle now living in Ballydangan, has taken to wordsmithng as he gets set to publish his first book this year. The acclaimed qualified stone cutter and food nutritionist, plans to hit the book world in the years to come.
Cathal's working career began by carving Celtic Crosses and hand cut lettering after completing a stone cutting/carving apprenticeship in 1982.
Today he now runs one of Ireland’s largest stone working companies, Creggstone in Ballinasloe, which employs close to 90 workers from all around the midland area. Creggstone carry out work nationwide from the top of Donegal to the bottom of Cork, with recent projects completed on the luxurious Adare Manor Hotel in County Limerick, along with refurbishing Court Houses all over the country and the magnifcent refurbishment of St. Mels Cathedral in Longford.
In his early days Cathal had a passionate love for mountain marathon running and orienteering, where he has gone onto being one of Irelands greatest. He went on to accomplish some amazing feats, such as climbing Crough Patrick 7 times in 14 hours. To this day he still holds the record for the fastest time to climb the five peaks of the British Isles in an astonishing 16 hours 15 minutes and 43 seconds which includes travel time.
Cathal’s love of sport has frequently tied in with raising funds for numerous charities all across Ireland, and he has managed to raise hundreds of Euros for each given charity. Nowadays he plans to use his writing skills to raise money for people in need all over Ireland.
Cathal started writing poetry and short stories in 2015 and has become a skilled writer in doing so. His inspiration for writing comes from life itself, the people which he meets every day and conversations with others on a daily basis.
Despite all his hard work and training Cathal put his spare time into writing a new book “Hello In There”, with the help of UCH Doctor Jackie Pando Kelly, which is filled with poetry based on down to earth stories during the last economic crisis, and people who have suffered with life problems such as Cancer and Alzheimer’s.
This concept has been on Cathal’s mind for quite some time, and he is delighted that his ambition has come to life. The book title comes from the famous American musician John Prine’s song, in which he granted permission for Cathal to use the song as his title and wished him lots of success with the book.
The book is set to launch on the 23rd of February this year in the Ballinasloe Town Library, with special guest Cork GAA star - Sean Óg De Halpín officiating. Copies of the book will be on sale in the library for €20 and other stores in the coming months, with all proceeds going towards voluntary hospitals in the andys mountains, where doctor Jackie Pando Kelly works every summer.
Cathal now has his sights set on a new book which will be filled with short stories asides to poetry on the same topics of his current one.
“ I must mention a huge thanks to Dr Jackie Pando Kelly for working with me on the book, and to my wife Patricia along with our children Steven, Gary and Rachel for all their amazing support”, stated Cathal.
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