‘The Patrician’ celebrates 50 years

A large crowd attended the launch of Carrickmore’s new book ‘The Patrician celebrates 50 years with a Special Book of Memories’ at a special launch event held in the Tyrone town.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 17th January 2013, 2:40 pm

The book launch was held in the Patrician recently and the organisers have praised the local community for their support. The night included tributes to those who have made the Patrician what it is today and some memories of the Patrician from those who attended.

“The response has been fantastic,” Tracey McNally, member of the Patrician Committee said: “The turnout was brilliant. The sales of the book are good at the moment; I expect that they will increase as we get even closer to Christmas and the New Year.

“At the launch I was inundated with comments from people telling me that they are so impressed with the book and are looking forward to enjoying its contents.

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“If even one person tells you that the book is good, it means all the hard work was worth it. I would also like to pay tribute to Cathy Muldoon and to all the contributors. All their efforts has made the book even more special,” she added.

2012 marks 50 years since the Patrician Hall officially opened its doors on Carrickmore’s Main Street in 1962. As a culmination of the celebrations marking this momentous event a commemorative book has been compiled which captures the many memories and happy events that have taken place across the years.

This book entitled The Patrician: Celebrating 50 Years of Memories charts the colourful history of the Patrician Hall from its initial construction and opening in 1962, through its 50 years of connection with music, showbands, politics, sport, religion, dance, entertainment and much much more.

In 208 full colour images, the book captures and preserves for future generations the community spirit and enthusiasm that many associate with Carrickmore and the Patrician. As a community we have unearthed a goldmine of information about this landmark venue and its rich history, with fascinating stories about such events as Roy Orbison performing, the former Irish President paying a visit and Shane Magowan making a lasting impression. Many other famous names have entered the doors and appeared on its stage including leading actors such as Mr Liam Neeson, Victor Silverstor, Slim Whitman, as well as all the top Showbands in their heyday.

This book compiled by Cathy Muldoon is essential reading for all who have an interest in local history and entertainment, as it records not only the famous faces that have graced the venue, but records the stories the ordinary local folk who helped put it on the map.

Beautifully designed by Guildhall Press with hardback cover and in full colour, this is the perfect gift for anyone interested in all things music, drama, song, dance, sport and politics.

This book is sure to be a popular in the coming weeks, so those interested are encouraged to grab a copy as soon as they can as there is sure to a big demand, given the wide subject area and appeal.

The book is selling fast and if you would like your copy of the Patrician’s 50th Anniversary book go to The Patrician’s website on: www.patrician.ie where you can order online or find us on facebook. The book can also be found in Sheehy’s Bookshop in Cookstown and Begley’s Giftshop in Dungannon.