Colm O'Regan

Ann Devine, Ready for Her Close-Up
  • Ann Devine, Ready for Her Close-Up

  • Warm, charming and laugh-out-loud funny… Ann Devine, Ready For Her Close-Up is a little ray of sunshine, sure to delight' Irish Independent


    Meet Ann Devine, a riddle, wrapped up in a fleece, inside a Skoda Octavia.

    Now that her youngest has flown the nest, Ann finds herself at a loose end. Until, that is, she is put forward for the Kilsudgeon Tidy Towns Committee.

    Yet all is not neat and tidy in Kilsudgeon. There are strange sightings of people who aren't local driving 4x4s with a yellow reg, a man bun requesting kefir in the restaurant and a quad bike at a funeral.

    What does this have to do with rumours of a brand new television series to rival Game of Thrones? And what will it all mean for Kilsudgeon's newly proposed town park?

    A lot, as it happens.

    As the town begins to fill up with the film crew, extras and a Hollywood star who is fond of the drink, everyone welcomes the chance to make a few bob and to finally get enough broadband to send an attachment.

    Or nearly everyone. Harmony is threatened when the newcomers seem to be doing more damage than good and the last straw is when Ann’s pride and joy - a floral arrangement in a boat - is trashed. She’s about to discover what it means to go viral…

He had a good job and a degree and everything but Colm O’Regan gave it all up to try and be a comedian. He is also a columnist, broadcaster and anything else that will keep the wolf from the door. He heard there was fierce money in books so he has written four – the three bestselling books of Irish Mammies and also Bolloxology, a title which neatly sums up his skillset. From Dripsey in County Cork, Colm now lives in Dublin but he’s up and down that road a good bit – especially since they put in the motorway.