THE ‘social, economic and sporting infrastructure’ of Tullamore is comprehensively chronicled in the latest edition of the local Lions Club Annual, the publication’s Editor, Larry Fleming has declared.
The retired school principal, speaking at the launch of the Tullamore Annual 2019 last week, said it focussed on the contributions of deceased greats such as Noel McGee and Philip Lumley to life in the Offaly county town while looking to up and coming heroes including boxer Grainne Walsh and talented rugby players, Jordan Conroy and Megan Byrne.
As readers here locally and throughout Ireland and the world have now come to expect, the seventh annual produced by the Lions is jam-packed with articles, photographs and memories associated with Tullamore and Offaly.
Master of Ceremonies at Thursday evening’s launch in the Bridge House Hotel, publican Paul Bell, explained the Annual was the single biggest source of income each year to fund the Lions charity work.
Tullamore Lions President, local accountant, Michael Casey, paid tribute to the Editor and his editorial team., in particular Denis Doherty, for their dedication and hard work.
“It’s an unbelievable publication,” stressed the Croghan native who revealed the Annual raised €120,000 for the Lions local charity work over the past six years.
He extended a hearty welcome to the special guest at the launch, journalist and publisher, P.J. Cunningham and recalled his encounters with P.J. when they lined out for Rhode and Clara on the football field many years ago.
Mr Casey also paid tribute to all who had contributed to the Annual and said this year there was a special emphasis on local food companies.
Noting it was a privilege as a Clara native to be asked to launch the Annual, P.J. Cunningham spoke warmly of his long associations with the county town.
“Clara is where I was born and bred but Tullamore is where I did my socialising,” he outlined.
Describing the Annual as “a first draft of history”, Mr Cunningham referred to Tribune sports Editor Kevin Corrigan’s article on the Tullamore Harreirs in the Annual and congratulated him on the recent publication of his history of the leading sports club.
He also praised the work of local historian, Michael Byrne, who has penned a number of articles in the Annual.
“Future generations will sit down and genuflect at the name of Michael Byrne for the great service he has given to Tullamore, Offaly and the wider Leinster area,” said Mr Cunningham.
He added that the Annual had focussed on some of the area’s “unsung heroes’ and singled out local business man Paul Galvin for his charity work.
The Tullamore Annual 2019 is available in local retail outlets or direct from club members.