Derry sayings feature in new book by journalist

Journalist Rodney Edwards.

Journalist Rodney Edwards.

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Journalist, Rodney Edwards, has written a book about sayings from the North of Ireland.

Rodney, an award winning journalist from Enniskillen, spent time learning about familiar Derry sayings, some of which have been included in his book, ‘Sure, Why Would Ye Not?’.

“All over Derry are oul men putting the world to rights,” Rodney told the ‘Journal’.

“They’re hashin’ about the price of things, the clatty weather and how the childer these days don’t know they’re living. You see them all over the city, never more than two at a time, yappin’ about this, that and the other,” he added.

Sure, Why Would Ye Not? is a collection of hilarious conversations between two old men, Bob and Charlie. They’ll remind you of growing up, of family life, and of Irish country ways. But most of all they will make you laugh out loud and remind you that there is no place like home.

“Beneath all that are people who care about others; the community; the place in which they live. I meet kind hearted folk every single day in my home county of Fermanagh and I know that Derry is made up of people like that. That’s who Bob and Charlie are in the book, I hope, is a light hearted snapshot of life in Ireland and a tribute to our humour, sense of community and spirit.”

Rodney added: “I think that Bob and Charlie will remind you of growing up, of family life, and of Irish country ways and the words and phrases and old sayings that they use may leave you feeling nostalgic. But most of all they will make you laugh out loud and remind you that there is no place like home and no place like Derry.”

Rodney Edwards is an award-winning journalist with ‘The Impartial Reporter’ in Enniskillen and appears regularly on local radio and television. He also contributes to newspapers and magazines in Belfast, London and Dublin. He was named Northern Ireland Weekly Journalist of the Year in 2013, and in 2014 was voted 10th most influential UK journalist on Twitter by Press Gazette. This is his first book.

‘Sure Why Would Ye Not?’ is available to buy in Eason in Foyleside; it costs £7.99 and is published by Blackstaff Press.