The latest edition of the ever-popular Roscrea People is now available. 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 review of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan, a trip down memory lane to Roscrea in 1942 and a number of other notable articles.
Rev Lesley Robinson, Priest in Charge, Roscrea Union of Parishes, launched
Roscrea People 2012 at Damer Court on Friday last.
Pictured here with Gráinne Brooks (advertising) George Cunningham (editor), Rev Lesley and Carmel Cunningham (asst editor).
Rev Lesley Robinson launched the 40th issue officially in the Damer Court and said…A
saying recently encountered on FACEBOOK: Life is a Camera: Just focus on what's
important, capture the good times; develop from the negatives; and if things don't turn out, just take another shot. That saying captures the essence of Roscrea People and indeed the community of Roscrea. Roscrea People is a 'good news' publication, and reading through it goes to show that in a time of so much doom and gloom, what's in short supply is not good news, just people who will publicise it.
John Lupton & Sean Hogan Amongst The First To Purchase A Copy Of The 2012 Roscrea People
The 40th issue of Roscrea People, produced locally in Walsh's Printers in full colour for the first time, is a spectacular publication which showcases the amount of local talent in this community in the fields of music, drama, art, the spoken and written word, and sports. It's so important to encourage and build each other up when times are tough by focusing on the positive. The book also highlights the magnificent level of charitable giving and fundraising that goes on even in these difficult times - it would be an interesting exercise to go through the pages of Roscrea People and tot up the total raised for charities by various organisations during 2012. There also remains a great commitment to sponsorship of community initiatives, and this is very evident by the number of businesses who have supported Roscrea People once again this year.
Paddy, Garry and Theresa McEvoy with Conte Cunningham & Sean Hogan
The wonderful volume of work done locally by the likes of the tidy towns' committee,
the chamber of commerce, the Lion's club and St. Cronan's services also highlights the tremendous community spirit in this area. Despite what some cynics may say about the lack of facilities for our young people, looking through the pages of RP the efforts put into investing in our young people's future by the various national schools, Cloiste Phobal, Roscrea Education Centre, youth clubs, sporting clubs and scouts is very obvious and worth acknowledging.
Sean Hogan, Andrea Patterson, Brian Redmond & Dick Conroy, Contributors to the 2012 Roscrea People Publication
This year we had the Roscrea Beo festival which was a great success and is something that will be developed in years to come, and we have the Taste of Roscrea to look forward to during the festive season. This year also saw a number of notable anniversaries which have been recorded in Roscrea People: Comhaltas and the Sacred Heart National School both celebrated their 50th anniversary; as did the Roscrea Conference in the monastery, which has now been superseded by the 51st conference, and of course we in St. Cronan's Church, Church St., celebrated our 200th anniversary. We are delighted and honoured to be named among the recipients of the Roscrea People of the Year Awards for 2012 as all our celebratory events have been very much anchored in the community, including the service of thanksgiving in April, the Flower Festival 'Heralding our Heritage in August, and our final
big event, Handel's Messiah to be performed in the church on 15th December. Certainly, for me, one of the things that makes this community such a wonderful place to live is the genuine level of ecumenical friendship that exists here.
Congratulations to George and Carmel Cunningham and all involved with this splendid publication. I have great pleasure in declaring Roscrea People, vol 28 December 2012 officially launched!
The Roscrea People which was first published in 1974 is available now for just €10.00. Sales of the magazine go towards helping Roscrea People Projects at Roscrea Library, St Cronan’s Services as well as local schools and many other beneficiaries. The Roscrea People is simply a must for any person with any connection big or small to the Roscrea area and with many business struggling this year it is imperative that Roscrea People ensure the survival of this annual publication by making a purchase. After all, Christmas in Roscrea without the Roscrea People would be like Christmas without Santa Claus