I recently looked at some scenic photos of Enniscorthy Co. Wexford belonging to gregorek. Amongst them were photos of other parts of Wexford. For example, this one of Hook Head peninsula – which is a sea-fishing area. I placed the photo on my desktop.
So, I was surprised upon turning on the radio this morning to listen to Miriam Meets to hear HHP being mentioned by Miriam’s Sunday guests. They were none other than Eoin Colfer and his mother and father Noreen and Billy. So – it gave me an opportunity to do a post and include photo. Miriam has such a relaxing way with guests. One would think one was in the same living-room with the latter. I always gain so much insight into the workings of family networks via her excellent programme. I wouldn’t have any personal experiences of family. Miriam has a family of eight, so she’d obviously be so chez nous talking to Irish family celebrity writers.
Miriam meets… Eoin Colfer and his parents Billy and Noreen
This week Miriam O’Callaghan interviews children’s author Eoin Colfer and his parents Billy and Noreen.
They recall their family life in Wexford town where everyone in the family was involved in cultural activities and the Colfer household was full of stories and painting.
Billy Colfer is originally from Hook Head in Wexford and he tells Miriam about growing up in a maritime community. His wife, Noreen is from Tipperary. She tells Miriam how she met Billy and the role Ernest Hemingway played in their romance. Eoin tells Miriam about how he met his wife Jackie.
All the Colfer sons have ended up doing creative work, influenced by their childhood experiences.
The Artemis Fowl series of books have proved very popular amongst younger readers and Eoin tells Miriam about the books and why this Summer’s is the last in the series.
All three recall fond memories of family holidays, in the rain, on Hook Head. These holidays have proved inspirational for Eoin. His parents have moved back to Slade Village on the Head to be near possibly the oldest working lighthouse in the world.
I availed of Junior Cert maths grinds from Stephanie Colfer, who is a cousin to the Wexford Colfers. She was attending Mater Dei Institute in Dublin to become a teacher and would have come home at weekends to Enniscorthy. I was attending a *VTOS course in the town at the time. For someone so young she was very understanding towards me an older person, who had no previous education, and was very professional in her dealings. I learned a lot from her. Noreen, the mother of the Hook Head Colfers mentions about being of small stature, the same was applicable with Stephanie. She also had a lovely mop of red hair and was very trendy. She was doing a steady line, so I don’t know if she is married now.
*I was looking at the VTOS Enniscorthy page only to see that Eithne Agar is co-ordinator. She had just got that job just before I left the course. She is first cousin to a Wexford town guitarist Declan Sinnott – who was with Mary Black’s band for years . They are both very gifted people.
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (a school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!
His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia. In 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing. The Artemis Fowl series has since sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is now concluding with the final book The Last Guardian.
He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
read more here.
The parents of Eoin who had moved away from Slade village Hook Head, for years, have now returned there to live.
H/t photos of Hook Head taken by gregorek.
Update: 9th March 2013
I was saddened to read in the Wexford Echo about the untimely passing of Billy Colfer.