06/12/2001

Volunteer Development Agency launches ‘Stories From The Edge’

The Volunteer Development Agency has launched Stories From The Edge, a collection of stories about volunteers in Northern Ireland, which was written by the late journalist Martin O’Hagan.

Mr O’Hagan, who was killed by loyalist terrorists in October, originally responded to a request from the Volunteer Development Agency through the National Union of Journalists, for a journalist to volunteer their skills for the writing of a book as a legacy for the International Year of Volunteers 2001.

Stories From The Edge features 15 stories about people involved in all kinds of volunteering work in Northern Ireland – everything from conservation to animal protection, street collecting to befriending, community action to gay rights.

Wendy Osborne OBE, Director of the Volunteer Development Agency said: “The launch of Stories From The Edge fills us with mixed emotions. The book that we planned was to be a legacy of volunteering in Northern Ireland, recognising just some of the people that make a real difference to the lives of many people daily.

“The fact that it was written by Martin O’Hagan and completed before his tragic death makes it a legacy to Martin’s skills as a journalist. Martin had a wonderful style of writing, his humour is evident and his observations about his fellow man and life in general make the book a great read.”

The book was launched on Wednesday December 5 in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. (MB)

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