Author Tom in Millstreet


Meeting with author Tom Grainger (on right) at the Wallis Arms  Hotel today.   Tom’s excellent book “A War Baby – Rags to Riches” (See Tom’s splendid website  www.tomgraingerbooks.com ) is now in its second edition and will soon be available at “Wordsworth” Bookshop, The Square, Millstreet.   Tom has many wonderful connections continue reading the full article “Author Tom in Millstreet”

A War Baby – Rags to Riches

This is a story about a baby who was born in to poverty in a back street area of Birmingham, just before the outbreak of World War II.

He suffered with ill health during the early part of his life and had little education leaving school at age of fifteen.

But with the help and determination of his mother, whose unceasing belief in him, drove him onwards and upwards and a chance meeting with an Irish colleen from Millstreet, County Cork who brought with her the luck of the Irish.

Tom Grainger was recently featured here on millstreet.ie raising money for the Baby Jacob Fund selling pieces of wood-turning art in SuperValu. His website is tomgraingerbooks.com and the books cam be purchased there. Tom himself says that the books feature many Millstreet people.

Ron Meets Baby Jacob

It was indeed a very special moment – one to be truly treasured – when Ron Gerrard met with Baby Jacob Nowak. It all happened this Saturday afternoon (17th July 2010) at the very welcoming home of the Nowak Family. A royal welcome was accorded to Ron and Tom (Grainger) when we visited the Nowak home at Killarney Road, Millstreet. We had not at all expected the delicious meal which was all ready to be served in the Polish manner. Joining Jacob was his Mum (Wiola), his Grannmother (Grazyna Nowak), his sister and neighbour, Thomas Duggan. Jacob’s Dad (Mariusz) had not returned home from work before we left. Ron made the very impressive presentation of €655.00 and a beautiful self-made timber lorry toy to Baby Jacob who found the lorry the most interesting of all! Ron and Tom had organised the splendid fund-raising event on Friday with the very kind permission of all at Supervalu, Millstreet. It was one of the most sincere occasions I have ever witnessed as this afternoon’s presentation between Ron and Baby Jacob took place. We feel hugely privileged to have been in such company. Here we share that very memorable occasion. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

A royal welcome at the Nowak home...Orange the favourite drink!
Mariusz (Jacob's Dad) is pictured third from left at recent Drishane Fete for Baby Jacob preparations

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Ron & Tom Support Fund

Tom Grainger’s friend Ron Gerrard from England is a gifted woodturning craftsman. Because of his own sight challenge, Ron was delighted on today (Friday) to set up a table of his exquisite art pieces at the inner entrance of O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Millstreet with the kind permission of Manager, Joe Fitzgerald & Owner, Maurice O’Keeffe. The proceeds of the sale will be presented to the Baby Jacob Fund tomorrow evening. Here we share images of today’s fund-raising project.

Tom Grainger & Ron Gerrard at their Baby Jacob Fundraising Project

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