New book shows Carrick in days gone by

Eddie Keevan with friends and family at the launch of his booklet 'Photos from My Collection'. Front: STDC Outreach Centre Manager Carmel, Kelly O'Donnell, Eddie's granddaughter; Tara O'Donnell,daughter; Eddie Keevan, Teresa Kehoe, daughter; John O'Dwyer and Ian Kehoe, grandson. Back: Philip O'Shea, Team Leader; Teresa Joy, Pauline Kenny, Development Worker STDC; Marie Walsh STDC Board member, Jackie Lalor, Eddie's uncle; Sean Murphy, Liam Kerwick, Nonie Ryan, John Crowe, Joan Maher, Cher Quinlan, VEC Tutor; Ronald Patis, John Maher and Jimmy Hogan.
A booklet of photographs of Carrick-on-Suir and its people in times past has been published by a local historian and photography collector.

A booklet of photographs of Carrick-on-Suir and its people in times past has been published by a local historian and photography collector.

“Photos From My Collection” by Eddie Keevan from O’Mahony Avenue, Carrick-on-Suir features photographs of the town dating from as far back as 1900 up to the 1960s.

They all come from his large collection of old photographs. His father Edward began collecting the archive of photos of his home town, which includes many pictures taken by his mother Catherine, who was a keen photographer. Other pictures were donated to Eddie by friends.

“I had albums full of all these photos and people used to look at them and say to me there is a book in that. So I said I would try it out,” said Mr Keevan.

Eddie officially launched “Photos From My Collection” at South Tipperary Development Company’s Outreach Centre in Comeragh View, Ballylynch where he is a member of the Centre’s Camera Club.

The Centre is a hive of activity daily with Horticulture Classes, an After School Club, Cookery Course, Health and Beauty Classes and South Tipperary VEC also holds courses there.

At the launch, Eddie thanked South Tipperary Development Company, including its board member Marie Walsh, who was present; all at the Outreach Centre, his colleagues in the Camera Club including tutor Cher Quinlan and South Tipperary VEC.

“Photos From My Collection” can be purchased from Eddie and is also on sale at Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre, the Three Counties Shop, Marty’s Pantry, River Rescue Shop, Sue Ryder, Sunny Side Café, National Council for the Blind Shop and Splash and Dash.

Eddie is planning to publish another book of photos from his collection next year.