The fourth edition of the Tipperary People book, ‘Memories of Yesterdays’ by Elaine Fitzpatrick, was launched at the Tipperary Excel with over 100 people attending.
The Excel Gallery co-ordinator Mary Alice O’Connor welcomed everyone to the joyous and wonderful occasion and introduced Dr. Des Marnane, local historian, who spoke of the importance of the preservation of old photos.
“The further you go back in time the more interesting it becomes. What we remember of an event changes over time - image and memory play games. It’s all about how we respond to time and while photos bridge time, they also emphasise time”.
Chairman of Tipperary County Council Michael Fitzgerald said he was delighted to be asked to officially launch this publication.
“This book will evoke many memories of people and places and will prove to be a reference guide for generations of people with an interest in our past.”
The book, Memories of Yesterdays, contains many different themes: people, extended families, buildings, streetscapes, schools, workplaces, family businesses, weddings, socialising, children at play, sports and drama clubs, local people pictured abroad, social history, changes over time, and special sections devoted to recalling the part of locals in the First World War and also the Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service. Author Elaine Fitzpatrick spoke fondly of her late father, Derry Fitzpatrick, to whom she dedicated the book. Elaine extended thanks to her family and all those who provided photos, those who put pen to paper, Marie O’Connor, Gay Lowry, the Maddens, the Edmonds, Danny Nugent, the Collins and those who spent hours tracking down names, dates and places. Copies from Fitzpatrick’s Printers in Davis Street. Tel:062 51113