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Mr. Michael Sugrue launches his book ‘Hidden Donegal’

Hidden Donegal – A Celebration Featuring a night featuring Donegal Imagery, Poetry Recitals and Music Hidden Donegal was launched tonight at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny.

This new exciting 200-page coffee table book showcases Donegal’s natural beauty through black and white photographs combined with a collection of poetry from almost 30 individual Donegal Poets.

Hidden Donegal is a unique compilation of almost 200 of Michael Sugrue’s photographs showcasing perspectives of Donegal in collaboration with many Donegal poets, reflecting the county’s literary and artistic heritage.

Michael is probably better known as the Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital and hosted the annual Breast Cancer Charity Ball last night in the Silver Tassie. He reconnected with Donegal 14 years ago, after 20 years in Sydney. His previous recent photographic book Donegal’s Atlantic Way sold over 2500 copies.

Hidden Donegal has contributions in both Irish and English from 28 poets, including Moya Brennan, Daniel O’Donnell, William Campbell and Denise Blake to name but a few.

The evening combined poetry readings and music from West Donegal group, Clann Mhic Ruairí. Moya Brennan in her forward in the book, states that Hidden Donegal is a book “to share with family and friends around the world to cherish and enjoy”. Many of the poets was there to sign their work. Proceeds raised from ‘Hidden Donegal’ will aid Donegal Hospice, Donegal Clinical Research Academy and Breast Centre Northwest Research.

Mr Sugrue thanked the Donegal County Council, Optum, Tata Consultancy Service Allied Irish Banks, Údarás na Gaeltachta Atlantic Technological University and Donegal Campus for their support.

The book is priced at €40 and can be purchased from all local bookshops.

Pauline Sugrue with her good friends, all the way from Galway Brendan and Frances Waldron, who were great fun.
Moya Brennan and Pauline Sugrue at the launch.

The band Clann Mhic Ruairi.
Michael and Pauline Sugrue with their son Ryan.

Mary McDermott with a copy of her book ‘Hidden Donegal’
Micheal Sugrue in deep conversation with Denise Blake, Poet.
Micheal Sugrue with some of the poets tonight at the launch.

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