2016 Roscrea People Launched

Thursday, 8 December 2016

THE 43rd edition of the Roscrea People, the much loved annal which records the lives and times of the people of Ireland's third oldest market town, was launched at the 'A Taste of Roscrea' Festival last Thursday night.
Packed with over 500 photographs and a great variety of articles, the latest edition was launched by Editor, George Cunningham and local photographer, Brian Redmond, who is celebrating 40 years of business in Roscrea this year.
Speaking at the launch, Brian Redmond, accompanied by his wife Theresa, thanked George Cunningham and his wife Carmel, for inviting them to be again included 'in this great event.'
Mr Redmond said that George Cunningham first visited his studio on Castle Street in 1976 when the business was newly opened and asked for his assistance with photography for the Roscrea People.
'As the years passed we have grown to love the town and its sense of community,' Mr Redmond said; sentiments echoed by his wife Theresa who said 'we are delighted we picked Roscrea as our town of business.'
A photograph by Brian Redmond, as is the tradition with the Roscrea People, adorns the front of the 2016 edition depicting the fountain in Roscrea Castle gardens and accompanied by Carmel Cunningham's words 'Frozen shimmering glistening beauty, fountain of life.'
Addressing the audience, Mr Cunningham thanked the organising committee of Taste of Roscrea Festival for inviting them to hold their launch as part of the event and paid a special tribute to his wife Carmel.
'Carmel is the Assistant Editor, but the truth is that without her help the Roscrea People could not happen,' Mr Cunningham said.
The Editor also thanked Pamela Aitken who recently joined the Roscrea People team and works in the advertising, local photographer PJ Wright for his valuable social photography and Des, Valerie and Andrea in Walsh's Printers for their help every year in the Roscrea People's publication.
In a short address, Assistant Editor Carmel Cunningham, thanked Pamela Aitken for working so hard at attracting advertisers and to all the people who advertised in the magazine.
'I want to encourage everyone to shop local so we can make our town a better, living place. Support your town,' Mrs Cunningham said.
The editorial at the start of this year's edition celebrates the 'outstanding comunity spirit that makes Roscrea special,' but also highlights problems posed by rusty electricity poles and mass of wires hanging over many of the town's most historic streetscapes.
The editorial also highlights the failure of the OPW to attract visitors to the town's historic sites of interest and how it appears 'the writing is on the wall' for Roscrea's rail service.
At this year's launch the winners of the Roscrea People of the Year were also revealed and a follow-up article in next week's edition of the Midland Tribune will focus on this year's winners of the coveted local award.
Closing this year's launch party, a special quiz made up of 100 photographs of small, nondescript features around Roscrea was held, where participants were challenged to identify small features taken out of context that many of the town's residents pass by everyday.
The Roscrea People is on sale now and available in most shops in Roscrea.


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