In October 2017 I launched my first self published book, Before the Tide Went Out. Some copies are still available to buy, details below.
A working title for my new writing project is Tales from the Aft Oar. It’s a collection of stories reflecting Waterford Harbour’s rich maritime history and heritage. I’m putting this out to publishers at the moment, but I plan to self publish in August 2019.
I’ve recently completed a 6k word chapter on the history of the local salmon fishery for a forthcoming book on the history of the Barony of Gaultier, at the request of the Barony of Gaultier Historical Society.
I’m presently working on two other projects. A submission to the Waterford Archealogical & Historical Society annual historical journal, Decies. I am also part of the editorial committee for a forthcoming book on the history of the Dunmore East Lifeboat.
Before the Tide Went Out
If you would like to order the book directly from me you can buy directly via paypal (you don’t need a pay pal account just a credit card. €15 P&P free to anywhere in the world.
Alternatively you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you an electronic invoice which you can pay with your credit card. €15 P&P free
I was featured on the Joe Duffy Liveline show in December 2018 talking about the book. I can be found about 30 minutes in on the link
I have just received the third reprint and although I still have to restock some shops, it is currently available in the following:
- Book Centre – Waterford
- GIY, Dunmore Road Waterford
- Readers Choice, Dungarvan
- Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan
- Book Centre – Wexford – you will need to ask for it, its in the Irish memoir section
- Selskar Book Shop Wexford – In the local interest section
- Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarraig, Co Wexford
- Nolans Bookshop, New Ross, Co Wexford
- New Ross Books, New Ross, Co Wexford
- Bridge Street Books, Wicklow Town
- Kennys bookshop in Galway
The book has travelled widely not just in Ireland but worldwide: How Far the Tide Drifted
Michael Coady, Poet and writer from Carrick On Suir
“…read and relish your book and found it fascinating and most informative and enlightening. It is a very valuable (and unique) addition to memoir, history, sociology and ecology relating to Waterford Harbour. And a great read… I hope it was a success for you as it deserves to be.
The River Suir along with Waterford Harbour has always fascinated me: it contains and embodies whole worlds. You write from the inside and so are especially qualified to lend all of this a personal voice of experience. My mother was from Waterford city; what I know of the river and its centrality is essentially in and around my native Carrick, which is its tide-head. But I really love all the topography etc of the harbour and estuary…”
Review of the book by Dr Andrew Lloyd titled All Washed Up
Excerpt: “… what surfaced in my mind when I finished Andrew Doherty’s book Before the Tide Went Out… a dull throbbing anger at how the rapacious pursuit of profit can just casually brush to oblivion a whole section of the population, not to mention billions of by-catch discarded fish. As SS Ireland whored herself out to Multinationals, rhe fisher-folk (and agricultural laborers, Castlecomer coal-miners, Carrickmacross lace-makers and Donegal tweed-weavers) were packed away in the hold because they were not wanted on voyage”
Review of the book by maritime bloggers Coast Monkey
Excerpt: “Andrews book is an enjoyable read and serves an important role in the fostering of appreciation for this significant part of our island’s heritage. It encapsulates the essence of Ireland’s traditional fishing communities and successfully attempts to preserve part of this knowledge on paper. And it also functions as a impassioned plea to the powers that be to realise all that we might lose if we don’t work hard to protect these vulnerable communities.”
Via Brian Goggins on Irish Waterways History
And via Tom McSweeney of the Marine Times and This Island Nation Facebook page:
THIS ISLAND NATION RADIO PROGRAMME
Wednesday, October 11
WHEN THE TIDE GOES OUT
In the popular imagination, culture is, to a large extent, associated with artefacts….paintings, musical compositions, literature, architectural styles, even consumer items…. But there should be a much wider perception of culture, particularly in this era of social transformation and that has been pinpointed for me by the phrase – “The culture of the nation must include fishing communities….”
Cheekpoint on the Suir Estuary in Waterford is near the confluence of the Suir and Barrow rivers, close to the Barrow Bridge and beneath Minaun Hill, downriver from Waterford Harbour.
“This is a fishing village and I want people to know what life was like in a traditional, rural fishing community, before the tide went out on our way of life.”
That was what Andrew Doherty told me when he asked me to write to the foreword to the book which he will be launching on Friday week, the 20th of October at Jack Meades pub on the Cheekpoint Road in Waterford.
His new book is called, ‘Before The Tide Went Out’ – Growing up in a traditional Irish Fishing village.’
Preserving fishing and coastal communities does not get enough official support from Government and State. This book tells of the short-sighted policies and maritime blindness inside national agencies and how they rejected the cultural importance of fishing communities.
Go to the FISHERIES PODCAST on the Marine Times website to hear more on this topic.
A review of the book by retired Australian academic Adrian Peace 7th January 2018:
Dr Adrian Peace
Chair of Department of Anthropology
University of Adelaide (Rtd)