20th January 2021 saw the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States. As my Dad is American, I followed this with great interest, and hence, I watched the entire inauguration. Of course, I too was blown away by the delivery and poignancy of inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman's 'The Hill We Climb' (her surname is so Irish, can we please claim her?!).
But who transpired as the absolute stealer of the show? None other than Senator Bernie Sanders. You've all seen the memes at this stage, but you haven't seen them all!
Did you know that Bernie actually went on a roadtrip of Ireland, following the inauguration, to try and get his mittens on a copy of 'Lights on the Horizon'?
Read on to find where Bernie travelled to.
Stop 1: Cork
Bernie’s Roadtrip, part 1:
Bernie, and his #cuddly #mittens, waiting patiently outside
Waterstone's Cork for bookshops to reopen, so he can buy his copy of #charity #book ‘Lights on the Horizon’. We really appreciate your dedication, Bernie! But... Cork’s in #lockdown . Lily, John, get that man a #coffee!
#charity #corkcity #cork #ireland #books #bookshops #lockdownlife #berniesmittens #berniesroadtrip
Stop 2: Kinsale
Bernie’s Roadtrip, part 2:
He must have heard about the #beautiful scenery in West Cork - and about
Bookstór , the fabulous bookshop in the centre of Kinsale.
Bernie, we can see how badly you’d like to get your #mittens on #charity #book ‘Lights on the Horizon’.
Sadly, Ireland’s still in #level5 #lockdown. Perhaps we could post you a copy with
An Post instead?
#kinsale #cork #ireland #books #bookstagram #bookshops #berniesmittens #berniesroadtrip
Stop 3: Clonakilty
Bernie’s Roadtrip, part 3:
He really is on a bit of a #roadtrip, our #Bernie. And he still has those mittens. Probably just as well, with the #sneachta .
His dedication to supporting #frontline staff and wanting to buy a copy of ‘Lights on the Horizon’ is unreal. #Clonakilty , arguably the best town in #Ireland , does have amazing shops. So good, in fact, that Bernie perched himself right between two of them: Annabel Langrish Galleries and Kerr's Bookshop .
I know Trish and her team at Kerr's work long hours, but I don’t want to burst his bubble and tell him the shops are... No, I can’t. I can’t do it.
Though I know for a fact Kerr's do post out nationwide. And, possibly, Vermont.
Alternatively, Bernie, why not stay in Dunowen House and we’ll hand-deliver a copy.
#charity #book #bookshops #clonakilty #cork #countycork #ireland #berniesmittens #berniesroadtrip
Stop 4: Mallow
Bernie’s Roadtrip, part 4:
And here’s our #berniesanders, and his mittens, which surely must have their own @Instagram page at this stage, like Connell's chain.
He (and I mean Bernie, not Connell), is waiting, undeterred, outside
Philip's Bookshop in #mallow .
Bernie, you won’t get your copy of ‘Lights on the Horizon’ this way, but June and the team might bring you a #hotchocolate and a pair of matching #earmuffs . Stay warm, mittens-lover.
#charity #book #bookshop #Cork #ireland #berniesroadtrip
The team in Philip's even had something to say about Bernie, and suffice it to say they weren't too pleased.
Stop 5: Galway
Bernie’s Roadtrip, part 5:
He’s only upped and gone to #galway ! The lengths this #legend will go to, hovering on that there Sean Gavin Electrical van. It’s probably wise to leave on those well-insulated mittens. Sadly, he’ll find Charlie Byrne's Bookshop is closed at the moment. But I’m sure Charlie, Vinnie and the team will leave no stone of the #SpanishArch unturned to get a copy of ‘Lights on the Horizon’ to Bernie.
That’s five bookshops he’s tried. Wherever will he go next?
#charity #book #galwaycity #bookshop #ireland #berniesmittens #berniesroadtrip
Stop 6: Dublin
Bernie’s Roadtrip, part 6:
He’s made it to #dublin . He tried the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College Dublin. Doors firmly shut.
To pass the time, Bernie was hoping for a bit of a boogie and was devastated to find Lilys Bordello had closed for good. So, he’s shelved the idea of becoming the next Michael Flatley.
Now Bernie’s patiently waiting outside the lift in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre for Rathfarnham Bookshop to open.
Don’t know what to tell ya, Bernie. Ireland’s still closed. Maybe Joe and his team will bring you some #irishdancing shoes while you wait.
#charity #book #dublin #dublincity #rathfarnham #ireland #bookshops #berniesroadtrip
Stop 7 (Final Stop): Carrickfergus
Bernies Roadtrip, part 7 - The Final:
#carrickfergus is a quieter place these days, but it‘s buzzing today: Bernie has landed, in his quest to get his mits on a copy of ‘Lights on the Horizon’.
Or maybe he heard that Jo & Chris at The Secret Bookshelf are celebrating their first year in business - could you spare a glass of bubbles for Bernie? He may also need a plane ticket home...
Next time you’re over, Bernie, #ireland will hopefully be back open for business. We can’t wait to have you back with us. Bring waterproof #mittens ...
#charity #book #northernireland #carrickfergus #ireland #bookshops #lockdown #lockdownlife #berniesroadtrip #bubblesforbernie #getbernietoireland #waterproofmittens
We are getting quite a few queries, asking where you can buy 'Lights on the Horizon', so we thought we'd list all the places in the one post, to save you from scrolling!
'Lights on the Horizon' can be bought in the following bookshops. Please note that, although many are closed at present, due to COVID-19 restrictions, many bookshops do post out the book, so support your local shops, and give them a ring!
It was so heartening to receive the positive feedback on our book from the bookshops. Click into the gallery for some of the reactions.
And we are live! We have been following the rise of Shop in Ireland over the last few months, which is a one-stop-shop for Irish business to showcase their products. It seemed the perfect place to create another online presence.
It is, by creator Teresa Venables' own description:
Shop in Ireland - Ireland's only marketplace for buying Irish.
To check out the Lights on the Horizon page on Shop in Ireland, go to:
Niamh is a publisher and writer, based in West Cork. Bi-lingual in German and English, she's always finding new ways to play with words. Check this page for updates on exciting initiatives happening in eThentique!