Thank you to House of Books: where love of reading has helped feed hungry children

For the past number of years, a Donegal man has been supporting Mary’s Meals in a unique and charming way.  

Danny McIntyre has devoted his retirement to his love of literature, and Mary’s Meals! Now that the time has come for House of Books to close, we want to extend our sincerest thanks for the support that Danny - and his volunteers -  have given to Mary’s Meals over the years.

House of Books, in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, carried a wide range of novels and specialised in rare and out-of-print books. Danny’s love of literature could be seen in the richness and variety of the titles in his bookstore which included history, DIY, crime fiction, cookery, and bestselling Irish authors.  

Danny has been sponsoring a school in Montserrado County, Liberia, for several years. Although almost a decade has passed since Liberia’s brutal civil war, families there are still recovering, and many are having to rebuild their lives after the devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014/15. 

Children who receive Mary’s Meals in Liberia are served a daily meal of either vitamin-enriched corn-soya porridge, or rice and beans, with fresh vegetables grown in their school gardens. The guarantee of this daily meal helps to unlock the potential of children like 17-year-old Robert, who attends the school that Danny sponsors. “I love Geography, I want to study about the earth and its naturalness…Mary’s Meals tastes good. I like corn meal, I feel fine when I eat it”, he tells us. 

Thank you to Danny and his volunteers for their dedication and hard work, and to his customers for their support and generosity. We’re sure House of Books will be missed by many but we wish Danny and his team all the best for the future!