The Blessington community were out in force last week to celebrate the launch of the Lakeside Heritage Group’s latest publication ‘Left of the Lamb’, which the authors revealed is only going to be printed 100 more times.
Members from the Lakeside Heritage Group, library staff and local councillors were all in attendance to officially launch the stunning book, which features a collection of rare photographs and tales of the historical Blessington community.
Although the book was official launched last week, copies of Left of the Lamb have been circulating around Blessington since early December. However, with just 300 copies published in that first run, the hugely popular book sold out in no time.
Speaking at the official launch of the book, Secretary of the Lakeside Heritage Group, Aidan Cruise said: “We sold out before Christmas because we had the books just in time for the Christmas market, and they absolutely flew off the shelves at it. We had intended to leave a few copies in to community groups etc, but we sold them all before we knew it.
“We were to leave them around the town, but we just had none left. The office shop in Blessington were looking for 20, the parish office were looking for some, as were the Blessington Tourist Office.
“We had plenty more photos that we wanted to fit into the book initially, but there was an issue with the file types when it came to printing, so they had to be left out.
“We’re hoping to include those pictures in the new copies of the book, and expect the reprint to happen sometime in May.
“We’re only going to print 100 more, because that way it’ll remain a collectors item. If we keep printing, people will only get fed up with it!”
Reflecting on the fantastic launch event, Mr Cruise said that he and his colleagues were absolutely thrilled with the turnout on the night.
“We must have had about 60 people at the launch, “ Mr Cruise said. “We were expecting about 20 people, because it was a frosty night. We just couldn’t believe how many people were standing at the back.
“We gave them tea and biscuits then, thanks to our great volunteers. Deirdre Priestly from Blessington librarian launched the book for us and my son, Paul, was the master of ceremonies.
“A great time was had by all and a big thanks goes to all who were involved in making the launch of the book such a success.