On August 9th, 2014 The Meath Chronicle carried an impressive article written by Ann Casey about the launch in The Mansion House, Dublin, of the second edition of Mark Brady’s book “Living On The Edge”.
The Lord Mayor Of Dublin, Cllr. Christy Burke ,while launching the book, welcomed all in attendance and specifically thanked the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Carlos Garcia de Alba for organising the event.
John O’Brien, Editor of The Dalkey Press was invited to comment on the book. He remarked that the book could now be bought in Spanish as it had been launched in the University of Chihuahua, Mexico, by Especialista Edmundo Berumen a few months previously. The Spanish title is “Viviendo Al Limite”. He said “this book is a great read, an interesting and gripping account of one man’s life living alone for 30 years trying to make life somewhat easier for the Tarahumara. Once I had begun to read the book I found it hard to leave it down out of my hands”.
He continued with a question and answer session with Mark on various humorous and cultural aspects of the book.
The capacity audience included Ambassador Paul Schellekens, Holland; Ambassador Manuela Breazu, Romania; Ambassador Boaz Modai, Israel.
Dr. Steven Worden, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, addressed the gathering saying how apt it was that the book had been dedicated to Mark’s only sister Miriam Brady Duncan. He recalled the thrills and dangers both he and Mark had encountered when he visited the Sierra Madre Mountains some years previously. He clearly remembered the dire poverty he had encountered especially since he had visited Mark in winter. After a week living among the Tarahumaras he was relieved to get home to enjoy the comforts of family life and the simple things we take for granted on a daily basis.
The Mexican Ambassador opened the event with a showing of a scenic video of the Sierra Tarahumara – the land of The Raramuri, and this was followed by Mark’s own video of the Tarahumara “the poorest of the poor”.
Mark had a warm welcome for those who had travelled from The UK , Belgium and The Americas to witness the occasion.
He appreciated the fact that so many of his friends were present from his home town Navan and surrounding locations.
He referred to the unselfish dedication and continued support he receives from his Tarahumara Committee . While thanking them for their great Tarahumara support, he assured them that the Tarahumara peoples, who had benefited from their endeavours, would always be very grateful to The Irish Tarahumara Soiciety.
Then to bring to a close a memorable and enjoyable night Mexican drinks and finger food were served by members of the Mexican Embassy staff.
Spanish Book Launch in Chihuahua University May 2014
Mark’s Book “Living on the Edge” was originally launched in his home town, Navan, Co Meath in 2013 by the Mexican Ambassador Carlos Garcia De Alba. The Lord Mayor of Navan Cllr. Francis Deane, and the Navan Town Council gave a civic reception in honour of the visit of the Mexican Ambassador to Navan.