My imagination has voyaged to Ireland for six years.
Tomorrow, I will lug two suitcases to the airport to travel with Deirdre Gogarty to her birthplace to begin an unconventional two-week book tour to promote My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box.
A few events are pending, but here is our schedule so far:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012: After a 10-hour flight we will arrive in Dublin early Thursday morning. From the airport we head to a radio station near Grafton Street for an interview on Newstalk with Maura Fay at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 28: Boxing show in Wicklow (details pending).
Saturday, September 29: Book signing at Drogheda Boxing Club organized by Tommy Murphy in association with Drogheda Independent journalist Hubert Murphy at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 30: Navan/Drogheda (event pending, but hoping for a day off to pluck my eyebrows).
Monday, October 1: Book signing at Carrickmacross Boxing Club at 8:00 p.m. (organized by Christina McMahon).
Tuesday, October 2: LMFM radio interview with Gerry Kelly at 2:00 p.m. Deirdre will be a guest speaker at an Al-Anon event in Coolock, Dublin later that evening. I’ll be at a pub.
Thursday, October 4: Book signing at Saint Saviours Olympic Boxing Academy in Dublin at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 5: Olympic squad training at the National Stadium in Dublin at 5:00 p.m. I’ll be watching in awe.
Saturday, October 6: Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s annual convention.
Sunday, October 7: (event pending).
Monday, October 8: I will depart for the States, but Deirdre will stay until Wednesday, October 10 to join “Iron” Mike Tyson at an event in Limerick—the location of Deirdre’s only fight in her native land. She fought in an underground match because it was illegal for women to compete in boxing at the time.
I plan to blog and post images along the way. Hope you will join us on our first book tour. For those of you near the east coast of Ireland, please drop by any of the events to say hello or to have your book signed.