Tullamore Annual 2017
The Tullamore Annual is the primary source of revenue for the Tullamore Lions Club. All funds raised are put to work for the benefit of the community. No income goes towards administrative costs which are met from member subscriptions. The money raised as a result of your purchase of this publication will continue to allow local charitable and community needs to be met. We hope this Annual will be a source of information for readers and will evoke surprise in people at the depth and breadth of what happens in and around our Big Hill and beyond. One of our primary objectives is to introduce the reader to the various businesses, organisations, community groups, charities and individuals that make Tullamore and surrounding areas such a vibrant and stimulating area in which to live and work. It is with great pride that we feature some of the people whose lives have been spent serving our community, many of whom will be well known to you and others who until now, may have been below the radar. We hope that you enjoy your literary stroll around the town of Tullamore and discover something new to you.
It is 41 years since the charter members of the Tullamore Lions Club first established themselves in our midlands town. By establishing a firm foundation, the club has grown and evolved to remain current in a vastly changed society. The founding members, many of whom are still active in the club today, must take full credit for the subsequent success the club has had in its endeavors to serve the local community. Tullamore Lions strongly adhere to the Lions Club International motto, “We Serve”. It is a task that takes many forms such as engaging in Mental Health initiatives, mentoring Youth Projects, organising the Christmas Food Hamper Appeal, responding financially to local, national and international disasters and supporting local causes such as our Trabolgan holiday for senior citizens as well as individual needs. Income from sales of the Tullamore Annual fund all of these initiatives.
Much of this work, and indeed the very existence of the club, depends on the support we receive from the people of Tullamore and surrounding areas. We are fully conscious that the Tullamore Lions Club belongs not just to its members alone, but to everyone who supports the club by whatever means available to them. The publication of the Tullamore Annual is only made possible as a result of the hard work and hours put in by the committee driving it forward. We are grateful to all who contributed articles and photos. We are especially indebted to our advertisers for their continued support, without which this publication would not be possible. , Special thanks to Michael Byrne of Offaly History who continues to be the conduit for many interesting historical articles and photographs. We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of Jeff Harvey, Paul Moore, Tullamore Tribune, Geraldine Grennan, Paul Rouse, Brian Jaffray and Brian Lowry for supplying photos and material as required. We would also like to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have available to us, the professional design and print expertise of Diarmuid Guinan, Andrew Moore and all the team in Brosna Press.
Thank you for purchasing the Tullamore Annual 2017 and we wish you a happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.
Brian Cloonan, President, Tullamore Lions Club
Larry Fleming Honorary Editor