We have avidly followed the success of Pigín of Howth the first picture book from the much-loved Kathleen Watkins. Kathleen the first continuity announcer to appear on screen of Telefis Eireann in 1960, was a long time local of Howth, and a great customer of ours.
The stories first came to life when Kathleen made them up for her first grandchild, Cian. The colourful book tells the adventures of a quirky pig who gallivants around our beautiful Howth, with his close pals Sammy the Seal, the Badger of Ballsbridge and Nanakit. He has been a source of much joy for us here, as he carries his Nicky’s Plaice bag everywhere he goes, and has championed our smoked salmon all the way to the president’s door!
Kathleen launched her book in October 2016, after working on it over “lots of buttered scones and pots of tea” for three years. Ryan Tubridy launched the children's book in Dublin's National Gallery, "This is a beautiful book by a beautiful woman”. Big congratulations were due as our hero became a winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which were presented on November 16th, winning Children’s Book of the Year (Junior). The stories have captured the hearts of the Irish people, as she continues to republish due to the demand, leading to the accolade of being the fastest selling children’s picture book in Ireland.
Now she has launched her CD version, where Kathleen reads these charming stories aloud for you to enjoy with the young people in your life. Her voice brings many of us on a nostalgic journey of earlier years. So lie back and fall into the story of Pigin, reveling in the joyful illustrations by Margeret Ann Suggs, and the infamous voice of Kathleen Watkins.
Best of Luck Pigin, we love you!