What started off twenty years ago as a local fundraising event, the Tipperariana Book Fair has turned into an annual Tipperary and national event. If you want a book with Tipperary connections then Fethard Ballroom is the place to be on this Sunday, February 8, open from 2pm to 6pm. Entry fee is still only â‚¬2 and accompanied children are free. Itâ€™s still true - for a â‚¬5 note that you can attend the fair, have coffee and cakes and also pick up a paperback or two. Hard to beat!
If you canâ€™t find the book you want on the day then you will definitely meet someone who will get it for you - at a price of course. In Ireland there is a great interest in old books and especially books of local and Irish interest. Dealers come from all over Ireland, with two â€˜regularsâ€™ from Armagh and ten from the Dublin area and this year will see thirty-five book dealers present, the highest number ever.
People love the location, Fethardâ€™s Ballroom of Romance, they love meeting the Tipperary authors, the home-made cakes in the cafÃ©, the piano player on stage, but most of all itâ€™s the huge selection of quality second-hand books. The dealers bring the rare and more expensive books but the organisers own stand has thousands of cheaply priced â€˜donatedâ€™ books, especially â€˜chick-listsâ€™ for the ladies and â€˜thrillersâ€™ for the menfolk!
The visiting dealers make a bee-line for the â€˜donatedâ€™ stall every year as they know that they may find a book that someone, maybe thousands of miles away, is looking for. This support is a great help to the Fethard Historical Society and people wishing to donate unwanted books can contact the society, who can organise collection. You also can take the books to the Ballroom on this Friday night (February 6) from 8pm to 10pm, or on Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Books will also be gladly received on Sunday morning from 10am onwards. .