Havin' a Laugh Book Cover

About The Book

It all started when a group of people who met for a Havin’ A Laugh coffee morning began chatting about funny things that had happened to them, a book was suggested, and now nine months later we are delighted to be able to share our first book with you!

The Book is a collection of great stories, jokes, poems, art and imagery that will inspire and delight. It’s a wonderful book that you can easily dip in and out of and it would also make a wonderful gift.

All of the amazing content in The Book was submitted by people from Sligo, Leitrim and beyond between the ages of 6 and 94 and proceeds from sales will go directly towards providing life-enhancing activity vouchers for those in mental health recovery.

The Book is also available online from Liber Book Shop, O’Connell Street, Sligo.



The book is organised into different sections based on the themes of Spirit of Life, You Gotta Laugh, Turning Point and Kids.

What people are saying about The Book

Thanks for all the work you do! And to all the amazing writers and photographers who contributed to this gorgeous book of stories, poems and pics.

It really is a great collection of funny, sad, touching, poignant, inspiring stories, poems, jokes, imagery and photographs. It is also beautifully produced.

Havin' a Laugh Book Cover


The Book is now available to purchase on our website

At Havin’ a Laugh we are delighted that ‘The Book’ is finally here and ready for sale on our website.

  • Books are priced @ €15 each
  • We are currently taking payment through PayPal and Stripe so you can pay directly with your credit or debit card on our website if you don’t have a PayPal account. If for any reason you cannot make payment online and would like to reserve a book please email us on book.havinalaugh@gmail.com and we will be happy to help.
  • Postage and Packaging cost depending on location and number of books ordered.  There is a click and collect option if you would like to purchase 10 books or more, please email your request to book.havinalaugh@gmail.com.
  • In the interest of our volunteer’s sanity, we are scheduling P&P days every two weeks.  Once you place your order your book(s) will be dispatched at the next P&P day.  List of P&P days:

First P&P Day Fri 23rd Oct, following that, Fri 6th November, Fri 20th November, Fri 4th December, Fri 18th December. 

  • For emergency orders, go ahead and order and email us on book.havinalaugh@gmail.com with your request for immediate dispatch with an excellent reason for the emergency!
  • The Book is also available online from Liber Book Shop, O’Connell Street, Sligo.

What people are saying about The Book

It’s quite unique, but in one word it is ‘happy!’ Very colourful. Very friendly intimate book. A keeper and everyone reading it will understand it.

Beautiful read. A forever book. Poetry, short stories, beautiful graphics and photography. It’s on my Christmas gift list!

The Book Submissions

At Havin’ A Laugh we have been blown away by the quality of submissions for the book. People were so generous sharing their words and art with us and we are extremely grateful to everyone who not only took part but shared our project far and wide.

We are delighted that best selling Irish novelist, Roisin Meany, has submitted some pieces. Sligo poet and writer Maeve O’Reilly McKenna is a contributor. Hennessy Literary Award Winner Louise G. Cole from Roscommon is also in the book. Our Sligo legend Michael Quirke has a lovely story about The Sligo Cat and Irish writer Dr Marion McGarry also has a Sligo based story in the book. Jim Gray, former editor of The Sligo Champion is also involved.

In addition, there are local photographers and artists who have contributed work including Eddie Lee, Wayne O’Connor and more.

The Book Volunteers

There is a huge team of volunteers behind the creation of The Book. The main team includes Blaithin Sweeney, Teresa Conway, Trisha Fallon and Val Robus. Eamon is our Editor and Ross is our graphic designer.

Each and every volunteer has put a lot of hours into putting this book together. It was a lot more work than any of us imagined but enjoyable all the same, it’s so exciting to see it in print!


If you have stories that you would like to add to our next book…it may be a few years. You can add you email address here and we’ll let you know if that plan takes shape.