The book ‘Heraldic Memorials in Fethard’ by Gerard Crotty is now with the printers and will be launched on Saturday, August 18, at 8pm in old Holy Trinity Church. Fethard is lucky that Gerard Crotty, one of the country’s most respected experts on Irish heraldry, was willing to take on the task of studying Fethard’s family crests, shields and memorials and presenting it all in a colourful and high quality publication.
The book is being published by the Fethard Historical Society who are hosting the launch and reception on the night and all interested are very welcome to come along. The book itself was grant aided by Fáilte Ireland who of course are very much promoting the whole concept of ‘Tracing your Roots’ and this book will encourage families mentioned: Everard, Roche, Butler, Hackett, Barton, Cooke, Tobin, Fitzgerald, Meagher etc., to come and visit Fethard from the four corners of the world.
It is interesting to note that only last Friday night in Callan that a book ‘Kilkenny Gravestones and Monument Illustrations’ (edited by Michael O’Dwyer) was launched so without doubt there is great interest in the whole are of family memorials and also in the craftspeople who actually carved them.