Crystal Swing book is a dream come through for mum, Mary

An audience of millions on the Ellen DeGeneres show, live from Hollywood in Los Angeles, provided an unforgettable experience for family group Crystal Swing.

Mum Mary Murray-Burke, who is the band’s keyboard player, said the global exposure in 2010 of the trio, which also includes her son Derek and daughter Dervla, had been amazing.

It is just one of her many treasured memories in a dream that commenced 10 years ago and saw the group perform all over Ireland and Britain as well as Spain, Portugal, Dubai, the Caribbean, and many other locations.

She has collected over 10,000 images of her life journey and experiences and some will appear in her first book, Mary’s Crystal Dreams, which launches next week.

The performer from Lisgoold, Co Cork, said each image captured a special moment in time. “I’m a romantic at heart, so this book has given me the opportunity to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane,” she said.

The book will be launched during a night of song and dance at the Midleton Park Hotel in east Cork on Thursday week.

“It’s been a challenge I’ve always dreamed of achieving. It’s allowed me to reflect on the people who matter most to me and has given me the opportunity to acknowledge the love and support I have received from my family and friends down through the years.”

Six weeks ago, Dervla and husband Tim O’Connor brought further joy into Mary’s life by announcing they are expecting their first baby in January.

In her book, Mary pays tribute to the Sisters and staff of St Aloysius Convent, Carrigtwohill for helping her follow her dream, and for the standards they instilled in her.

“They excelled in teaching us girls the rules of social etiquette, good manners and nurtured our talents.

“I’ve always had a deep faith and this is continuing to grow. I do know that Our Lady and Jesus have carried and protected me through many situations in my lifetime. Every day, I thank God for all the wonderful graces he has bestowed on my life and for the inspirational people I’ve met along the way. Our faith has sustained us on our journey through life. I felt a need to tell my story and I sincerely hope it will be an inspiration to somebody.”


Lifestyle

My sister Gabriella always says that during sibling whispers all I ever wanted was to be on stage.This Much I Know: Man of many talents Mike Hanrahan

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose husband is controlling and belittling her.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is so controlling – what do I do?’

Peter Dowdall branches out to take a look at the mountain ash or rowan.Rowan berries show us how nature is stocking its larder for winter

More From The Irish Examiner