A LARGE crowd of admirers, friends and family attended the hugely succesful Gerard O'Callagan book launch at Mallow Library last Friday afternoon.
The popular Mallow native was busy for most of the afternoon meeting people and signing his first book, 'Memories and Make Believe'.
Town Mayor Noel O'Connor officially performed the launch and spoke highly of Gerard and his achievements in many fiellds in Mallow social life. Gerard, in turn, said he was very grateful for such a fine turnout at the event.
Gerard thanked all for the success of the launch and he admitted the book took 30 years to write.
He mentioned many people who were part of his life, including Jimmy Bohan, Johnny Browne, John O'Keeffe, Jimmy Stubbs, Patsy Butler, Seamus O'Driscoll and Christy Lucey. He paid special tributes to his mentors and teachers such as Kevin Bolster and John O'Neill in his pipe band career and said he also had special memories of interviews with such icons as Joe Lynch, Christy Moore, Makem and Clancy and John B. Keane.
On behalf of his family, Gerard thanked Mayor O'Connor, foreword writer Alice Taylor and his many supporters and good friends.
Later in the evening celebrations continued at the Arches with a special gathering which, by all accounts, ended in the early hours.