Justin Nelson will sign copies of his new book in Eason’s on Saturday

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Jeddy Walsh

Jeddy Walsh

Justin’s Nelson’s new book “Why Me?” is now on sale nationwide and the former RTE executive producer and director will be in attendance in Eason’s (Clonmel) on Saturday next, 23rd March from 12 noon for a book signing. Justin extends an open invitation to everybody to come along.

Many older readers of ‘The Nationalist’ will recall Justin as staff photographer with this publication in the late 1950s and early 1960s prior to his joining RTE.

Running in parallel with the launch RTE plans to feature the book in its “Nationwide” programme on RTE 1 on Wednesday, 27th March at 7 pm. Something to watch out for.

“Why Me?” covers his early career as staff photographer with ‘The Nationalist’ followed by his part in the launch of Irish television and his promotion from cameraman to the highest grade of executive producer at RTE.

The book is packed full of brilliant images from cover to cover, with a special section on “Happy Days in the Town I Love So Well” - Clonmel, of course. Plenty to engage the reader in a trip down memory lane, both great stories but even better pictures.

A section of the book covering his “Market Street Memories” also contains great images of South Tipperary then and now with something in there for everyone with Canon Hayes of Muintir na Tire and Bansha featuring as well as a Men’s Mission in Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church, Clonmel and the odd Hunt Ball here and there.

Justin departed Clonmel in 1961 at the time of the launch of RTE and carved out a remarkable and successful career in Donnybrook where he was involved in the TV coverage of 20 All-Ireland finals and the major racing, rugby and soccer internationals.

He instigated The Superstars, the All-Ireland Triathlon, the Nissan Cycling Classic and took charge of many RTE top ranking TV shows.

Justin also covered the state visit in 1962 of American President, John F. Kennedy, the Munich Olympics in 1972, the Papal visit of John Paul II in 1979, numerous general elections as well as RTE’s first colour live outside broadcast and indeed the first-ever Late Late Show.

Justin also travelled extensively on a multitude of top-rating programmes over the years including Ironman in Hawaii, Bibi in Perth, Bibi in Boston, and sporting events too numerous to mention.

The book contains testimonials of Justin’s significance to RTE from the likes of Jimmy Magee, Bill O’Herlihy, BB Baskin, Fred Cogley, Aonghus McAnally and Kathleen Watkins.

Justin Nelson has also published two other books - “Michael Collins - The Final Days” and “Michael Collins - A Fitting Farewell.”

“Why Me” by Justin Nelson is now on sale nationwide.