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16th Edition Of Ever Popular Birr Year Review Goes On Sale

Thursday, 8 December 2016

16th Edition Of Ever Popular Birr Year Review Goes On Sale thumbnailBirr Review Committee members with Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy during the launch on Friday evening last

THE 16th edition of the very popular Birr Year Review was offically launched by Paul Barber in Dooly's Hotel on Friday evening.
The magazine launch took place immediately after the switching on of the Christmas lights in Emmet Square. The switching on of the lights was very successful and was attended by the largest crowd ever.
Tony Hogan warmly welcomed everyone to the magazine launch, saying it was marvellous to see many faces who had been at every launch of the Review down through the years.
He praised Fred Boulton, President of Birr Lions Club, for all his excellent work. 'Fred is originally from London and we were very fortunate when he decided to settle in Birr.'
Fred thanked Tony for his kind remarks. 'Birr Review is in its 16th year and its retail cost has never been raised, which is thanks to our many advertisers who support the book year after year.'
He congratulated Paul Barber for his marvellous front page photo of the illuminated tree on John's Mall.
 Tony said the community, voluntary instinct has always been strong in Birr and it remains strong. He said Paul Barber is an example of that very important spirit.
He added that the first Review in 2001 was black and white and had 118 pages. The 2016 edition is 198 pages and full colour. 'The 2016 edition is an outstanding one with many fine articles and photos, which will be prized by all who love Birr, whether living here or abroad.'
'When the Birr Year Review began in 2001,' commented Paul Barber, 'I was delighted to serve on the committee. Martin McCarthy had the initial idea to start the magazine. Therefore he contacted Michael Donegan who agreed to be editor. Then he asked me if the Lions Club would be interested in marketing the Review. I brought it to the Lions Club and they agreed. Fr Tony Cahir arranged a meeting with George Cunningham in Roscrea who had been publishing a review in Roscrea for many years. So the four of us met George and that's how it started.
'The annual Birr Year Review records the social fabric of the town for posterity.
'It keeps Birr and the activities of the town in the minds of families that emigrated in the past.
'It now provides a link for its new diaspora to tell of their experiences in far away places.
'It's wonderful the way people respond so positively when asked to write an article. Over the years people have used the Review as a platform to tell their story. Some of these people would never have written an article before this.'
 Paul pointed out that the business community have been very supportive of the Review over the years. 'They are delighted with its large circulation which helps to promote Birr as a business town.'
 He added that it's great to see the input from the clubs and organisations in the town and he encouraged those who hadn't taken part up to this to consider it in the future. 'It gives readers a clear view of what these groups are engaged in.
'We on the committee are delighted at the continued positive response to the Review. Each year people are asking when will it be launched so that they can buy their own copy and send another abroad.'
This year's edition includes over 30 articles, 150 adverts; over 70 clubs and societies are represented; and there's a pictorial record of the deaths and marriages. 
Paul said it's excellent value for just €10.
'I would like to thank a very diligent committee who work tirelessly for months before the launch. I'd like to mention people who have been on the committee and have gone to their eternal reward - Tim Bergin, Cora Kenny, Fr Tony, Jim Phelan, Liz Kennedy and Sr Roberta. The light of heaven to them.
'I finish by sending good wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year and I extend a particular wish to our own committee member Denis Shiels for a speedy recovery to full health.'
Paul then declared the magazine officially launched.
  Tony Hogan said Richard Kennedy, the Editor of the magazine, unfortunately couldn't be present for the launch as he was away.
  Birr Year Review 2016 will be available in local outlets.

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