January 2019 newsletter
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January 2019

Happy New Year to all our members and it may be healthy and prosperous for you.
Our sympathy to the families of deceased members and friends who died in 2018.

Monday 28 Jan. AGM of the Society will be held at 7.30 p.m. at Offaly History Centre, Tullamore followed by a lecture at 8.30 p.m. on ‘The story of the Tullamore Harriers Club, 1953-2018’ by Kevin Corrigan, author of the history of the club published in November 2018. Kevin is well-known as the sports editor of the Tullamore Tribune and Midland Tribune and is a thorough professional in his approach to all he does.

Agenda for AGM
Introduction  President Helen Bracken
  1. Minute of the last AGM
  2. Secretary’s Report – Michael Byrne
  3. Treasurer’s Report of Society, Charles Finlay
  4. Community Employment Scheme Report Lisa Shortall
  5. Election of committee for 2019 – 14 places excluding President.
  6. Offaly Archives Service – report from President and Lisa Shortall on the progress of the works.
  7. The 50th anniversary of the Society – a cause for celebration.
The Society was founded in 1969 and built on the first society founded in 1937-8. We salute all the previous officers and committees including former presidents and those who inspired us over the years – James Rogers, John Sweeney, Patrick Martin, Jack Clune, Monsignor Clarke, Canon Lamb, Fr Conor McGreevy, Bro. Raphael, Darrell Hooper, Stephen McNeill and more. So come along and support us. If you would like to help on the committee or have suggestions please let us know per email or letter, or speak to a committee member.

Your 2018 Committee: Helen Bracken (President), Michael Byrne, Dorothee Bibby, Pat Wynne, Charlie Finlay, Noel Guerin, Henry Edgill, Peter Burke, Niall Sweeney, Angela Kelly, Rory Masterson, Shaun Wrafter, Oliver Dunne, Stephen Callaghan, Frank Brennan, Pádraig Turley, Declan Monaghan.

Monday 28 Jan. at 8.30 p.m. Offaly History Centre, Tullamore (following our AGM at 7.30 p.m.) Kevin Corrigan will speak on ‘The story of the Tullamore Harriers Club, 1953-2018’. Kevin Corrigan is the author of the history of the club published in November 2018.

This is the first of our lectures for 2019 and we hope to see you for the AGM at 7 30 p.m. and the illustrated lecture itself will commence at 8.30 p.m.
Tullamore Harriers was formed on a famous night in November 1953 when a group of nine young men, mostly in their twenties, gathered on the town’s William Street and held their first meeting in Clarke’s Hairdressers.

It set the wheels in motion for an incredible sixty five years as the club became absolutely pivotal to life in Tullamore. On the tracks, roads and fields of Ireland, the club has enjoyed considerable success. It is the home to an Olympian, five national senior champions, victors and medallists in a host of other national and provincial grades, international competitors from junior up to senior level. Off the “field of play”, they have fought furious battles with authorities. They endured a six month suspension after the 1961 “Battle of Tallaght”, won the right to build a pavilion that became central to the social scene in the midlands for four decades after a series of appeals against Council decisions and objections from residents.

Their story has been one of great achievement, on and off the track and nationally the town of Tullamore and Tullamore Harriers are synonymous with each other.

New books of local interest

Our history bookshop did well in the lead up to Christmas. Keep calling please as we have over 1,000 titles on offer, both local and national, new and secondhand. Some are rare and worth collecting. Our thanks to Christy Maye and John Cusack for their help with our history stand in the Bridge Centre before Christmas. It went well and lots of people went home with a local history gift for Christmas. Thanks to the members who worked at the stand and gave so much time to making it a success. We enclose a PDF of our 2019 catalogue of Local Studies books for sale. We have the Harriers book and Memories of Rahan but Paddy Finlay’s book is now out of print.


Christmas Draw 2018

Thanks again for your support this year. The winners were:

1st Prize    Christmas Hamper            Paschal & Elizabeth Sweeney, Tullamore
2nd Prize   Restaurant Voucher          Sean Egan, Ferbane
3rd Prize    Bottle Tullamore Dew       The Geoghegan Family, Tullamore
4th Prize    Book Hamper                    Patrick Mercier,  Roscommon
5th Prize    Membership 2019             Sarah O’Brien, Tullamore

Library Nights

The popular Library night on Thursday is back from 7.30 pm until late for January to March. Lots to read. In preparation you can see our library catalogue online at Shortcut via our website, We are also open from 10 to 4 each day Monday to Friday.
Renew your membership for 2019
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