Darach MacDonald launches new book, ‘Tóchar’

Pictured at the launch of T�char in Derry's Central Library are, from left to right, T�char author Darach MacDonald, journalist Nell McCafferty and Darach's mother, Mamo MacDonald. (300813JC2)
Pictured at the launch of T�char in Derry's Central Library are, from left to right, T�char author Darach MacDonald, journalist Nell McCafferty and Darach's mother, Mamo MacDonald. (300813JC2)
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Derry’s Central Library recently played host to the launch of former Ulster Herald editor Darach MacDonald’s new book, ‘Tóchar: Walking Ireland’s Ancient Pilgrimage Paths’, published by New Island Books.

Nell McCafferty, Mamo MacDonald and a large crowd of friends, colleagues and well wishers joined author MacDonald for the occasion. Local writer and editor Garbhan Downey officially launched the book, while the author’s niece Doireann NicDomhnaill played the harp and brought a flavour of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 to the launch.

Tóchar is the Irish word for causeway. This new book from Darach MacDonald is a journey through Ireland via its ancient pilgrim paths.

Set against the backdrop of spectacular scenery in every corner of Ireland, the book recounts the thoughts, encounters and struggles of a modern-day pilgrim who follows in the footsteps of the ancients along prescribed paths.

The routes range from hikes of a few hours’ duration to day-long treks and the three-day ordeal in St Patrick’s Purgatory in Lough Derg.

Those attending the launch included journalist and author Nell McCafferty, former Irish Times correspondent and author Seamus Martin, and Eoin Purcell of New Island Books.

‘Tóchar: Walking Ireland’s Ancient Pilgrimage Paths’ is published by New Island, price €14.99/£12.99.