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Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce host book launch at AICC HQ

3rd May 2018


AICC CEO and Secretary General Mr. Ahmad Younis, Denise Woods and Ambassador to Morocco H.E Mr. Lahcen Mahraoui.

On Thursday May 3rd the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce hosted the launch of Irish novelist Denyse Woods latest novel Of Sea and Sand.  Based in Cork, Denyse was born in Boston and has lived around the world. Her novels include the critically acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and the bestselling The Catalpa Tree. Reflecting a long-held interest in the Arab world, three of her books are based in the Middle East. Her work has been translated into six lan­guages. This is her sixth novel.


AICC Chairman Dr. Niall Holohan, AICC CEO and Secretary General Mr. Ahmad Younis and AICC Director Tom O'Dowd

The book is published by Hoopoe Fiction which is an imprint of the American University of Cairo press, the leading publisher of Arabic literature in English translation and wide ranging books about the Middle East.


Arts Patron Dr. Noelle Campbell Sharp 

Among the invited guests were Arab Ambassadors, Irish writers and poets and well known figures in the literary world along with members and clients of the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce.


AICC CEO and Secretary General Mr. Ahmad Younis

AICC Secretary General and CEO Mr. Ahmad Younis welcomed the assembled guests and highlighted how important the arts are in society as part of our cultural heritage. 


AICC Chairman Dr. Niall Holohan

AICC chairman Dr. Niall Holohan spoke about how the Chamber is not only a commercial operation but is also keen to do everything possible to promote the arts, culture and the relationship between Ireland and the Arab world.


Irish Poet & Playwrite Vincent Woods 

Irish poet and playwrite Vincent Woods thanked Denyse for bringing us this work and the AICC for hosting the book launch. Vincent talked about the insights the novel offers, the way it links people, cultures and beliefs.

The evening ended with Denyse speaking about how Arabian and Irish folklore share so much in common before reading an extract from the book to the assembled guests.

“Sometimes, the sunniest settings have the darkest shadows. Of Sea and Sand takes you to such a place, it plays tricks with light and time and leaves you not knowing who is real...fictional angels and vampires have had their time. Now it’s the turn of the jinn.” -Tim Mackintosh-Smith