Star-studded night as Fossa GAA launches 'A Sense of Place'

Tadhg Evans

The process began in early 2018 and involved trojan work by a great many people - and in recent days, Fossa GAA had a superb finished product, a fine publication out in time for their 50th anniversary.

The Fossa clubhouse played host to an excellent attendance, young and not so young, which included some very well-known figures, all there to welcome the launch of 'A Sense of Place'.

The book - published by Murphy Print and Graphic Design, Killarney - was exhaustively researched and curated ahead of the launch date, secretary Merry Talbot explained. And, on the night, it received the kind of welcome it deserved.

"The club will celebrate its 50th anniversary in January," Merry explained to The Kerryman. “But we wanted to have the book out ahead of the Christmas season.

"A huge amount of work by a lot of people went into it, and the committee behind it was chaired by Dermot Griffin and Pat O'Donoghue. The process started in February, 2018, with monthly meetings. Then it went to twice weekly and then weekly."

On the night of the launch, County Board Chairperson Tim Murphy, club chairperson Dermot Clifford, Parish Priest Fr Tom Looney, and Dermot Griffin, one of the many people behind the book, were among those to speak.

The guest speaker was Kerry legend Pat Spillane, who hit a great note with the large attendance, and a fine event was expertly spearheaded by club PRO Shane Kelly.

Flowers were presented to four ladies on the night: Marie Murphy, who formatted the book; Theresa Kissane, who provided material about Scór; and Michelle Cooper Galvin and Karen McGlynn, who provided photos. And they were well-supported.

"A huge thank you has to go to our parishioners and everyone who contributed," Merry said. "The book, at €25, is available from Foley's Spar, the Golden Nugget, and committee members."