Where: The Secret Garden, Hanover Street, Cork

When: Thursday April 24th at 6pm.

You are cordially invited to the launch of Carol Ann Creagh’s eagerly-awaited second novel A Short Stretch of the Legs on Thursday April 24 at 6pm in the Secret Garden, Cork.

Loss is a small word, but with a very big meaning. To lose a person you love is to lose a part of yourself. Carol Ann Creagh’s father died on 24th June 2011 leaving her to amble helplessly through an unchartered grieving process.

Lost, without direction, she lived the next few months in a glaze of tears and darkness, but she knew that was not what her father would have wanted. Never one to go under, She knew what he would suggest… ‘A short stretch of the legs. ‘ Drying her tears, she dug out her Asic runners and prepared to walk the Camino De Santiago, the 500-mile Way of St James.
This would be her tribute to the man who taught her how to take her first step, her father Jim.


Having survived cancer herself, she decided that each footstep walked would be in memory of her father Jim and all those who have lost their lives to cancer. Along her journey she would leave a penny in memory of those who died, with her final penny kept for placing at the crypt of St James in Santiago Cathedral in memory of her dad.

A Short Stretch of the Legs is her daily diary of the fun and laughter, the tears and pain of 24 days walking in northern Spain towards the end of the saddest year of her life.

Arriving at the Santiago cobbles on the first anniversary of the day her Dad left the family, to take his final “short stretch of the legs” Carol Ann penned her thoughts on a daily basis and the end result is a remarkable story of one person’s thoughts and courage and dedication to her beloved father as she made her way from the beautiful Cavehill in North Belfast to the stunning shores of Muxia in North Spain.


Carol Ann Creagh is a mother of six, Ciara, Aisling, Sinead, James, Paul and Conor and is a grandmother to Jude.
A nurse by profession she has seven siblings and this is her second book, her first successful book was called Angels Under My Bed and was about her battle with breast cancer.
She has appeared on numerous local and national radio shows and television shows such as Nationwide on RTE and on UTV Tonight promoting her first novel.

The Camino de Santiago or Way of St James, is the 500 mile pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain.

Please click here to buy this book online at www.lettertecbooks.ie