In this powerful new biography, Aengus Finucane: In the Heart of Concern, the result of over 80 interviews and extensive travel, Deirdre Purcell explores the life and work of Concern founder Father Aengus Finucane. She charts the work he did to build Concern into the global charity and vital player in relief efforts around the world that it is today.
A charismatic humanitarian visionary, he travelled the world to go to the aid of the poorest of the poor, whilst helping to turn the small charity into an international phenomenon.
With the aim of eradicating extreme poverty, Aengus sought to address its root causes. The charitable work of Concern, under his leadership and influence, was not limited to responding with aid to emergencies as they arose; it also involved development, creating meaningful, long-lasting and positive change.
The legacy of Aengus Fincuane is vast, and Concern, the charity he helped to build, continues his work today, deploying over 3,000 staff and reaching 12 million people in the world’s poorest countries. They respond to famines and floods and stay long after the television cameras have left, delivering sustainable improvements to the lives of the poorest. They ensure the work of Aengus Finucane will continue.
A prolific author, playwright and screenwriter, Deirdre Purcell has more than twenty books to her name, including twelve novels, many of which have won critical acclaim and have gone on to be bestsellers. Initially an actress, her subsequent career in journalism has spanned a range of media and has won Ireland’s top awards. While currently writing her 13th novel, she also presents the ‘It says in the Papers’ feature on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. She lives in County Meath.
This wonderful book, so thoroughly researched and beautifully written, is about Aengus but was inspired by the more reserved Jack. In Purcell’s painstaking accuracy, In the Heart of Concern becomes a rock-solid tribute to both. It’s a seminal work on the extraordinary contribution of Irish people, clerical and lay, to the developing world.
- The Irish Times
Deirdre Purcell’s impressive book is packed with fascinating anecdotes and extracts from interviews with journalists and others, including his successors in the job. Some are amusing, some make for grim reading but overall they contribute to a well-rounded portrait of someone who strove to make the world a better place.
- Irish Independent
'a highly readable, accessible, fair and thought-provoking biography’
- Irish Mail on Sunday