Banagher native and children's author chats to Tubridy

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Banagher native and children's author chats to Tubridy thumbnailPictured is Banagher native, Ray Flannery with his two sons Oran and Ruairi after he joined Ryan Tubridy recently in studio to talk about his book "Moany McMoan" 

A BANAGHER native and children's author made an appearance on RTE's Ryan Tubridy radio show last week to talk about how a chance meeting at passport control in Dublin Airport turned him into an author.

Last September, we were delighted to feature Ray Flannery as one of our "Tribune People" having launched his first children's book "Moany McMoan - the Accidental Hero" and where we spoke at length about how and why he became a children's author. And, it seems since then the adventures of Moany McMoan have caught the interest of people right across the country including RTE presenter, Ryan Tubridy.

Last week, Ray joined Ryan in studio where they first chatted at length about Ray's day job in Dublin airport where he was a Detective Garda with the Garda National Immigration Bureau for 14 years before moving into headquarters in the city centre.

They then moved on to how Ray decided to become a children's author while watching David Walliams, saying to Ryan "well if he [David] can do it then I can do it". The pair then spoke about how Ray developed his character "Moany McMoan" and plotted out the story through its different stages.

The conversation then moved onto the issue of how Ray was going to get his book published and this included looking at the option of self publishing. Ray at this stage mentioned a saying his mother often quoted to him "what is meant for you wouldn't pass you" and he admitted that in this case, his mum was right.

"One day while working in the airport, the very last passenger off the flight in the non EU section, turned out to be an American lady, Dr Mary Helen Hensley, and we started talking. She told me what she did for a living, which is an author. This obviously spiked my interest. I then told her about writing a children's book and not getting published. So, she gave him her email and told him to send the book to her and she would have a look at it. And, Ray did just that but told Ryan that he "thought nothing more about it". But, it was meant to be and the story literally moved on from there.

Ray eventually met the MD of Bookhub Publishing, Dr Niall McMcElwee and he then got offered a contract. The book was eventually published and sold out on several occasions since its September launch. Ryan then asked Ray what the feedback about the book has been like. Ray commented: "The reviews have been excellent. I have been blown away. So far, I haven't had one negative review apart from one child, who reckoned it wasn't long enough."

According to Ray, Bookhub Publishing see his book as part of a bigger series of books. "And, I have the first six thousand words done of book two already in the Moany McMoan series," he enthused. Ryan then asked the Banagher native whether he would like to do a "grown up book". Ray responded by saying that he also had the first three thousands words of a crime fiction, based on human trafficking.

Meanwhile with the book already gone for its second print, people can get a copy of "Moany McMoany - The Accidental Hero" at and it should also be available as an e-book on Amazon by the end of this week.


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