Swords woman, Verona Pentony has just launched a new book of poetry, at a reception at St Audeon’s Church in the city. The launch was attended by many of her family, friends and supporters from Swords and Ballyboughal, and the Ballyboughal choir delighted the gathering with some lovely seasonal songs and carols.
The book, called ‘Reflections of Time’ is her second published collection, which is all about world peace, politics, nature and the passing of time. In 2012, Verona published her book, ‘Reflections from the Heart’ that was all about her own life journey. “In 2014, I felt I wanted to have a brand and to be known as the Reflections Writer,” she said.
Verona is a poet with a love of humanity and of nature, and has visited and participated in many literary festivals throughout Ireland, including Listowel Writers’ Week.
She was born in Swords, where her grandfather, Paddy Pentony was a very well known businessman, as the owner of the mill, where the Castle Shopping Centre is now located. “My father had a farm machinery business, and through that, we moved to Ballyboughal, where I still live,” she said.
Verona comes from a farming background has a very deep love of the countryside, as her mother, Betty Pentony comes from near Cloone in Co Leitrim. Farming life is very important to her, and she speaks passionately about how the land is embedded in the soul of the farmer.