Book Launch: The Poorest of the Poor by Seosamh Ó Cuinneagáin

Book Launch: The Poorest of the Poor by Seosamh Ó Cuinneagáin

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The Poorest of The Poor – Seosamh Ó Cuinneagáin’s Personal Journey  Administering to the Street Children of India.

Former Ardscoil Rís teacher in Limerick and Mary Immaculate College lecturer Dr Seosamh Ó Cuinneagáin will launch his latest book The Poorest of the Poor, Thursday 15th Sept 7.30pm in Ardscoil Rís, on the North Circular Road. The book, published by Limerick Writers’ Centre, will be launched by accomplished Limerick artist Jim O’Farrell.

The Poorest of the Poor is a vivid account of the author’s experiences while serving as a volunteer in the slums of Kolkata in India and administering to the needs of the poor. He returns annually to Kolkata to teach English to the street children and also to attend to the dying destitute in Mother Teresa’s hospice where he experiences horrible sights of suffering and death at first hand. “The scale of the poverty before your eyes is so great that it can be overwhelming at times to the extent that you just want to play your part in trying to alleviate the problem.” He said.

He also documents the lives and work of his two role models, Blessed Edmund Rice and St. Teresa of Kolkata and how they had such an influence on him to the extent that he wanted to help the poor in the developing world.

Seosamh explains the great work being done by the Christian Brothers, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and how other religious and voluntary organisations, as well as private individuals are doing wonderful work on behalf of the poor in India. He also makes recommendations as to how acute poverty can be alleviated somewhat with the help of the richer countries in the developed world.

All profits from the sale of the book will be donated towards the education and general welfare of the street children in the slums of Kolkata in India who live in dire poverty.

The book is available directly from the author and O’Mahony’s Bookshop and on-line at

Further details: Author is available for interview.

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