‘Straight Up - No Sugar’ book launch draws big crowds

“Stop looking at Down syndrome and see me, the person,” is the message behind local author Michael Gannon’s new book, which was launched on Wednesday night at the Riverbank Arts Centre on International Down syndrome Day.

“Stop looking at Down syndrome and see me, the person,” is the message behind local author Michael Gannon’s new book, which was launched on Wednesday night at the Riverbank Arts Centre on International Down syndrome Day.

The book,‘Straight Up - No Sugar’, was launched by footballer Dermot Earley who described it as motivational.

Michael is a student of Media Studies at NUI Maynooth, works for RTE and Newstalk and is an active member of Newbridge Musical Society. In the book he says “if you are reading this book one of my dreams has already come true”. Another dream is to appear on The Late Late Show and Strictly Come Dancing.

“Strictly is my favourite programme,” said Michael, who wrote the book in two years. “They don’t take people with Down syndrome. People always say to me that I am an inspiration. I want people to stop looking at Down syndrome and see us.”

Michael’s first choice for the book title was ‘What You See Is What You Get’ but a certain Sir Alan Sugar just pipped him to the post.

“I had to change the name, the new name is an attack on Alan Sugar. He doesn’t know yet but I hope he reads it,” he said with a grin.