Lorrha Book Wins Award

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lorrha Book Wins Award thumbnailPotter Doirin Saurus making a presentation to Ger O’Meara, Lorrha to mark his selection as the winner of the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year 2016’ for his book ‘Lorrha People in the Great War’. MT05540RM

THE organisers of the Tipperariana Book Fair, being held in Fethard on Sunday 12th February, have chosen 'Lorrha People in the Great War' as the 'Tipperariana Book of the Year 2016'.
The book, by Lorrha native Gerard O'Meara , traces the stories of the people and families from that parish who were involved in one way or another in the First World War - the war that was supposed to be 'the war to end all wars'. However, a hundred years later we know otherwise!
The Tipperariana Book Fair, now in its twenty second year, has grown to become the biggest Antiquarian and Second-hand Book Fair in the whole country - North and South. The Organisers of the book fair (the Fethard Historical Society ) - as the 'Tipperariana' name suggests - place great emphasis on all material relating to County Tipperary and every year the authors of Tipperary interest books (from the preceding year) are invited to come to the fair to promote, sell and sign their book.
In 2002 the Tipperariana Book of the Year award was inaugurated so as to honour and draw attention to the great work being carried out by the dozens of authors and local historians across the county who produce up to forty major publications every year. The first award, for 2012, was won by the three volume 'Moyne-Templetuohy A Life of its Own'. Gerard O'Meara is the fifteenth recipient of the award for his large and wonderful book 'Lorrha People in the Great War'. Seán Hogan, Puckane native, won the award in 2013 for his book 'The Black and Tans in North Tipperary', which of course recounts another aspect entirely of the Irish 'involvement' with the British Army around the same time, one hundred years ago.
Presentation Ceremony
Gerard O'Meara received his award in the Abymill Theatre in Fethard on Friday night last, 27th January, in the company of his family and friends and members of the Tipperariana Book Fair Committee. Gerard received a specially commissioned 'Art Piece', by talented artist and potter Doirín Saurus, which evoked the image of the 'Cemetery Headstone' which is one of the iconic images that remind us of the needless slaughter of millions of men during that awful war. Gerard referred to his great interest from an early age in all things 'militaristic' - even though he had never shot a gun in his life - and of his visits to the War Cemeteries in France and Belgium where the countless millions lie buried. Gerard will now take pride of place at the Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard Ballroom (2p.m.-6p.m.) on Sunday 12th February where he will discuss, sell and sign his winning book.
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