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Drew’s Book Launch Drives the Crowds

Fri 5th April 2019

Champion blind golfer Drew Cochrane launched his new book in style to a 70 strong crowd.

The event took place in The Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena and friends, family and members of the press joined 78-year-old Drew as he officially marked the launch of his self-penned and published book – From The Carry Row to Tokyo.

The book was produced by Multimedia Heritage and alongside support from RNIB and Drew, who lost his sight at the age of 39, said he was ‘over the moon’ with the turnout. 

Guests enjoyed a chat over refreshments, before an emotional video was shown about the making of the book and about Drew’s early life in the Carry Row, outside Cullybackey. Drew himself then addressed the crowd with an emotive and hilarious speech before holding a signing for fans.

Drew’s devoted wife of 51 years Dympna said: “I am very proud and very pleased that Drew has been able to do this. It’s not just about blind golf, or the loss of his sight. Drew is doing this for others out there, particularly young people, who have lost their sight. He wants to give them hope.”

To arrange an interview with Drew Cochrane, or to find out more about Drew’s book, or the book launch, contact RNIB’s Laura Cummings on: 028 9033 4132, or email: For urgent out-of-hours enquiries, please call: 07763 579 141.

The book costs £10.00 and will be available to buy at a number of outlets including The braid Arts Centre and Camerons of Ballymena, it can also be purchased by emailing Multimedia Heritage on:

Article by Laura Cummings, PR and Communications Officer, RNIB.