In 1992, The Square in Tallaght held a Telethon which was hosted by the chart-topping band The D11 Runners. The eight-piece outfit was formed by the Fitzgerald twins, George and his late brother Joseph, who passed away in 2012. The twins were no strangers to Tallaght having spent many a night in their youth boxing against St Mary’s boxing club in Tallaght. Later the former champion boxers went on to found the most talked about bands of their time. The gig at the Square was a huge event televised by RTE. Broadcaster Gay Byrne presented the 1992 People in Need Telethon in RTÉ Television’s Studio 1. The South Finglas band went on to score three hit singles, play a national tour with Technotronic, who had a hit with Pump Up the Jam, fill venues like The Olympia, The National Concert hall, the National Boxing Stadium and a one-time outdoor gig at the Point Depot. As the band broke up and the years passed founding member George Fitzgerald became a writer.
Last year Newsgroup covered George Fitzgerald’s book The Secret Life of Ashley Brown. The book the first in a series, tells the tale of coming of age Dublin beauty and her life long ambition to find a job in London’s publishing world. All is well with plenty of male admirers but along comes a drug problem and the evil Mr Picadoor. On its release, the book received huge acclaim, being called Thrilling, gripping, beautifully written, to book of the week. Now comes the sequel, The Promise Maker. Ashley Brown takes up the story where she left off in book one. We find her at a funeral. Her aged friend is with her Frankie. While sitting in a pub he tells his story. From chapter one to four we hear Ashley’s voice from chapters five to twenty-five we hear Frankies’. His story of Dublin’s tenement life is gripping, dark but not bleak. In one review it was stated that there were shades of Peer Gynt in the character Jenny, However, a lot of the characters were Dickensian especially deadly Daisy-May. This is a story of hope for a young boy born into a world of villains, Paddy Smith, Buster. The good people The Morgans and the evil-minded boyhood friend Slasher. There is no doubt we will hear a lot more from Fitzgerald a truly gifted novelist. Both Books are on sale at Bargain Books on Abbey Street, Dublin.
Video of the 1992 telethon can be viewed below;