The latest edition of the ever-popular Roscrea People is now available. The launch took place on Friday evening last in the Damer Court Hotel. The honour of launching the 37th issue was bestowed upon Mayor Denis Ryan who was also nominated on the night for a “Roscrea People Of The Year Award”.
In his address the Mayor complimented George and Carmel Cunningham on another wonderful publication. This year’s edition is one of 172 pages. ‘It is a Roscrea institution’ stated the Mayor, and ‘Christmas in Roscrea would not be the same without it.’ He was particularly pleased to see the New Leisure Centre feature on the cover in words and a wonderful picture by Brian Redmond.
Editor George Cunningham thanked all who helped particularly his wife Carmel, Photographer Pj Wright and advertising manager Amy Brooks. Carmel Cunningham thanked the business and commercial people of Roscrea for their continued support in these difficult times. It was heartening to see that despite the recession a magazine of this size could still be produced.
Pictured at the launch of the 2009 Roscrea People Publication are :
George Cunningham, (Editor) Mayor Denis Ryan, (Launched The Magazine) & Carmel Cunningham.
Speaking on behalf of the Roscrea community Fr Tom Corbett PP gave a hearty welcome to the publication and spoke of how it knits the parish together. ‘It does a power of good and reminds us of the wonderful things happening here in one small town in the heart of Ireland’, he said.
There are many pieces of interest in this year's edition. Apart from the yearly review of most clubs, committees and organisations in the area, this year's edition also features a piece on the “building on the modern Slighe Dhála” as well as an article about the “Sacred Heart Sisters” departing Roscrea. The 2009 magazine also has an extensive review of Fleadh Cheoil Na Mumhan 2009 and a review of the Census Of Ireland 1911 from a Roscrea situation by Eamonn Horan. Eamonn also reviews new work on Daisy Bates in this year’s edition while Liam Doran chose a “Religious Controversy Of 1870” in his yearly contribution. Tomás Lupton takes us on a trip down memory lane and reviews what Roscrea was like the year the Second Word War commenced in 1939. As always the Roscrea People never fails to disappoint and is certainly a must this Christmas for everyone from Roscrea and those scattered across the world with a Roscrea connection.
The recipients of the 2009 People of the Year are mentioned in the publication. The awards ceremony sponsored by Roscrea Credit Union will be held in Damer Court on Wednesday 13th January 2010. Congratulations to the following recipients; Wesley Beck, Scoil Eoin, John Browne, Seamus Doran, Mayor Denis Ryan, Ailbhe Carroll, Cian Hanamy, Dom Laurence Walsh, Srs Minogue and Brady, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Ros Cré, Tadhg Maher, and Darragh Carey-Kennedy.
Roscrea People of the Year 2009
Sponsored by Roscrea Credit Union
The People of the Year Awards for 2009 will be presented in the Damer Court Hotel on Wednesday, 13th January, commencing at 7.30 pm.
The Awards’ evening, running annually since 1987, will commence at 7.30 with a short concert by the junior members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Ros Cré. This will be followed by an illustrated presentation on aspects of Roscrea’s recent past given by George Cunningham
The formal part of the evening will kick off with the usual presentation of collections of books to Roscrea Public Library (recently catalogued, this heritage collection now stands in excess of 2700 vols), St Cronan’s Service (Roscrea, Birr and Nenagh) and to a local school. Seamus Mullaney, Chairman of Roscrea Credit Union will formally present the awards following the citations by the editor of Roscrea People. A free booklet will also be available on the night with information on each recipient. The evening will close with supper provided by the Credit Union.
Admission is by voluntary donation and the profits of the evening go to provide the book collections for St Cronan’s Service. Please come and say well done to your fellow citizens.
The 2009 award winners are:
• Wesley Beck for his lifelong community spirit epitomised by his countless good neighbourly deeds.
• Scoil Eoin on the occasion of winning its Green Flag
• John Browne, Ballycleary for his book, Remembering Yesterday, Living Today.
• Seamus Doran for his award-winning Tipperary anthem, The Mighty Blue and Gold and for his community generosity.
• Mayor Denis Ryan for his outstanding commitment to our community
Roscrea Youth of the Year
Ailbhe Carroll, Corville for winning a gold medal in her age group in the European Duathlon Championships in Budapest.
Young Person of the Year
* Cian Hanamy for winning first place in Men’s English, 12 – 15, at the all-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Tullamore.
Roscrea People of the Year Citations:
(for people who are already award winners and who now deserve further recognition)
• Dom Laurence Walsh, author of Lumen Christi
• Srs Minogue and Brady on the occasion of the departure of the Sacred Heart Sisters from Roscrea, following a 167 year journey of love and care in Roscrea.
• Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Ros Cré for a superb hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan
• All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil winners:
o Tadhg Maher –1st in Senior Men’s Singing
Darragh Carey-Kennedy – 1st in U12 Banjo
( Roscrea People congratulates the other schools of the district for achieving additional Green Flags; as these achievements become, thankfully, more commonplace only the first Green Flag will be acknowledged at these Awards. We do, of course, applaud their success and are delighted to carry their good news in our schools’ section).