World And Mother Attend Launch Of Rattler

Sharing memories - Michael Byrne and Mícheál O’Muircheartaigh. Photo: J. O'Loughlin.

The ballroom of the Anner Hotel here in Thurles was bursting at the seams last night, as local friends, old comrades and sporting admirers gathered, to celebrate with Michael “Rattler ” Byrne, the launch of the book, not surprisingly entitled, ‘Rattler.’

Local social and community organiser, poet and historian Tom Noone was on hand, and as usual, very capably undertook the role of ‘Master of Ceremonies.’

Amongst the speakers were;  GAA patron His Grace Archbishop Dr. Dermot Clifford, Michael Dundon, co-author of ‘Rattler,’ former Tipp hurling great Jimmy Doyle, Chairman of Tipp County Board Barry O’Brien, Chairman of Thurles Sarsfields Michael Maher, Cristy Ring Jnr and Paul Byrnes, latter, who spoke on behalf of the Byrnes family.

Also present were; Mayor of North Tipperary John Kennedy, latter fresh from his Obama encounter and plenty of hurling friends from all over the country including Tony Reddin, Paddy Buggy, Eddie Keher, just to mention a few. Former GAA President Sean Kelly MEP and Deputy Noel Coonan TD, were also in attendance.

Mícheál O’ Muircheartaigh launched the book in his own inimitable style, but not before having first interviewed the “Rattler.” on stage  much to the amusement of all in attendance.  Rattler Byrne sang the song, ‘By the bright silvery light of the moon,’ and also demonstrated his prowess as a very fine mouth organ player.

Other musical entertainment for the evening was provided by the Thurles Gospel Singers, and a very fine Trad group of musicians made up of family members and friends.

All in all, surely a night to remember and a book now launched, which makes for essential reading.


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