Browsing through old photographs is a pleasure enjoyed by all, young and old. Few of us, however, take time out to write the date and names of those in the photographs. In years to come we can only guess at who they might be.
Muintir Ros Cre Book 2, photographic memories of Roscrea 1911-2007, the second book of photographs compiled and catalogued by Ciaran Mac Nioclais, will ensure that many, many members of the Roscrea Community will be remembered. This community heirloom is a time capsule that will be appreciated for years to come. Dean Maxwell Community members were especially interested as they looked at younger versions of themselves featuring throughout the book.
Last Thursday Ciaran Mac Nioclais presented a cheque for €20,000 to the Dean Maxwell Community Day Unit. The Dean Maxwell Community members sincerely thank Ciaran and everyone involved in the compilation of this successful book. The members looked forward to photographable ventures and adventures —Muintir Dean Maxwell ag baint an craic
You cant repeat it’ or so I thought says George Cunningham, editor of Roscrea People and publisher of Muintir Ros Cré
‘Don’t be disappointed. You cant repeat what you did for North Tipperary Hospice when your Muintir Ros Cré – photographic memories of some Roscrea People - raised almost €14,000 for that most worthy cause. No way will a second book raise that money after paying for the printing!’ So ran my conversation with Ciarán MacNiocláis when we discussed the publication of Muintir Ros Cré part 2 last Summer. How wrong I was. Don’t ever underestimate ‘Mac’ should be the motto. Last Thursday I watched with great pride and some reflected glory as Ciarán presented a cheque (it’s dead safe - guaranteed by Roscrea Credit Union and presented by them on a specially prepared and lifesize cheque) for €20,000 (twenty thousand euro) to Matron Anne Keevey of the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Centre watched by members of staff, the residents and some members of Ciarán’s committee.
Yes, €20,000 euro was some of the profit from the sale of Part 2, for Ciarán also donated €1000 euro from the sales to Crumlin Children’s Hospital to help a special unit there. It is truly an outstanding achievement, quite staggering really to raise so much money from a local publication with the added bonus of coming on the back of a well received and beloved book which has given countless hours of enjoyment to the worldwide Roscrea diasapora. Well done too to all the retail outlets which sold the book at no profit to themselves, not even a handling charge, and passed on the full price to Ciarán. Well done too to all the members of Ciarán’s family who acted as messengers and delivery agents as they chaufferred the great man here there and everywhere.
It was indeed a proud moment for Roscrea People, the publisher of both books, when the fruits of a labour of love have such tangible and beneficial consequencies. How wonderful to see the Dean Maxwell alive and vibrant with all sorts of activities. And the Matron is not short of ideas to spend the windfall. Long may it be so.
There are a few copies of Muintir part 2 still available, but, alas the first book is now a collector’s item. Watch Victor Mitchell’s auction where a copy may be auctioned in the near future. What price will it go for?