The twentieth Tipperariana Book Fair in Fethard last Sunday, February 8, again lived up to its reputation of being the best of its kind in Ireland and credit must go to the organisers, the Fethard Historical Society, for co-ordinating such a major national event in the old walled town.
For a fair, of any kind, to be a success you need lots of buyers and lots of sellers and Fethard attracts them both in equal measure.
The buying ‘punters’ came from a fifty-mile radius that includes the cities of Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny but the bulk of the clientele were Tipperary locals. This year also saw the biggest numbers of book dealers also coming to Fethard and the amazing fact is that they sell more books at the Fethard fair than they do at the fairs in Dublin or Cork.
The success of this year’s fair was the result of a lot of work by a lot of people in the community. The Ballroom committee always keep the venue in great condition and give wholehearted support to events.
It took two days to get all the stalls set up and this task is made possible with the help of voluntary supporters who lend a hand every year.
In the much-appreciated ‘in-house’ Café, all the products sold were home-made and this year again ‘the master baker’ produced the best cakes and buns this side of the Shannon.
The variety of thousands of ‘donated books’ for sale of our second-hand stall also proved to be a very positive feature of the fair.
Given the overall turn out last Sunday it was evident that all the planning and effort was rewarded and that the twenty-first Tipperariana Book Fair should go ahead next year on Valentine’s Day, February 14,.