Short Stories For A Long Night – Bord na Móna launches Twitter book for Focus Ireland

As the long nights draw people back to the comfort of their fireplace, Elaine Crowley and Mundy today launched Bord na Móna’s book Short Stories For A Long Night to support Focus Ireland. This strikingly successful Facebook and Twitter competition entitled #shortstorylongnight, featured more than 140 favourite fireside tales written by followers last winter.

Tapping into the Irish grá for a warm peat briquette fire and evoking memories of moments spent in its glow, the competition sparked incredible creativity, resulting in an eclectic mix of stories and images from all around the country. An overwhelming 800 short stories submitted – the result of which is revealed in this new book Short Stories For A Long Night.

Bord na Móna are delighted to be donating proceeds from the sale of the book to Focus Ireland, who are working around the country to prevent homelessness and keep people warm this winter.

Many of the Short Stories for a Long Night will bring smiles:

“Said to my 4yr old son, close the door to stop the draft coming in.  Poor thing was looking around for the giraffe all day.” – Linda Caulfield.

Others are truly poetic: 

“Heather-scented, glowing embers, yellow, red, orange and ochre, radiating last summer’s heat on a cold winter’s day,” - @bgnolan.  

More are romantic:

“I turned to see my boyfriend on one knee. Did he fall? Not in the traditional sense! My answer was yes,” - @DANSCottage.

The stories are accompanied by an inspired selection of sketches, illustrations and graphics by Red Dog, as well as photographs by Jeanette Lowe.

One of the winners has become a storyteller in her own right since her success:  “It inspired me to enter a poetry competition and write a children’s book, I have to thank Bord Na Móna!” - Ann O’Regan.

Speaking on behalf of Bord na Móna, Gerry O'Hagan, Head of Marketing, Communications and Innovation said, “Everyone has a right to a place they can call home. Focus Ireland were the ideal choice for Bord na Móna, manyof the stories shared with us about the importance of being home, safe and warm by the fireside highlighted the plight of those not able to do so. We hope that the contribution from the book sales will have an impact on some less fortunate during the winter season'' 

In response Focus Ireland’s Chief Executive Joyce Loughnan: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Bord na Móna’s charity partner. And the book’s proceeds couldn’t come at a more crucial time, with the colder weather driving increased numbers of homeless people to our services across the country.” Elaine Crowley and Mundy were quick to offer their support. “Short Stories For A Long Night gives a real insight to the hearths and minds of the Irish nation at home today, with tales to make you laugh and reminisce, perfect for curling up with in front of a roaring fire,” said Elaine Crowley. Fellow supporter of the campaign Mundy agrees. “It was a privilege to be asked by Bord na Móna to be their seanchaí,” said the Birr singer/songwriter. “The fireside has a long, rich history of storytelling, and Focus Ireland couldn’t be a more appropriate charity.”