VETERAN Mayo News columnist, Seán Rice has combined with Charlestown-born, Fremantle resident, Tom Brett to produce an exciting new hardback, coffee-table style book ‘We Are Mayo’ which is due for release to coincide with ‘Mayo Day 2020’ on Saturday next, May 2.
Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to any plans to host an official launch at this time, online orders can be placed from Monday, May 4, courtesy of Castle Book Shop, Castlebar.
As the title implies it’s a book about Mayo, about its geographic location in the world, about our rivers and lakes and mountains, about our history, our infrastructure, our people, our sporting and other legends.
Followers of the game will get their fair share of Mayo football with some exceptional historical photos of our 1936 and 1950/51 teams including some great images from the celebratory boat trip to New York. Some players past and present are featured.
Ireland’s first lady and fervent Mayo GAA supporter, Sabina Higgins, provides a very appropriate Foreword which details her own childhood and adolescence in Ballindine.
Those of similar vintage will understand and be familiar with her childhood memories.
In keeping with supporting Mayo business and employment, the authors insisted on keeping it local with printing undertaken through KPS Colour Print in Knock.
“It was an interesting exercise producing and editing draft chapters, collecting and curating photographs as well as undertaking proof-reads – all done electronically in that great triangle between Fremantle, Islandeady and Knock,” reported Tom Brett.
“KPS Colour print were very professional in their approach while Sean and I did our best to keep to our timelines of an end of April production deadline.”
Other memorable images are from the Liam Lyons Collection and from the lens of Michael Donnelly. It’s an ideal chance for nostalgia, especially for some of our more senior citizens and die-hard Mayo supporters especially in these forced, stay at home, isolation days.
Apart from reports and photos of our GAA legends and modern-day GAA heroes, the book contains an interesting chapter about football rivalry in Mayo’s border towns and villages as well as a story about the blood relationship between two of Ireland’s greatest sporting heroes – Tom Langan and Ronan O’Gara. A must read for the true Mayo supporter!
The photographic images in the book are exceptional and Seán and Tom are grateful for the support of MAYO.IE and Fáilte Ireland for making their collection of Mayo photos available for ‘We Are Mayo’.
The generosity of all those who supplied the photographs is acknowledged.
The front cover image is that of the traditional Mayo jersey first worn by Eamonn Brett, brother of Tom, on making his Mayo debut at right-half back in the All-Ireland Minor final of 1974 while the back page hosting the splendid Aurora Borealis image of Dun Briste is the work of Brian Wilson.
‘We are Mayo’ seeks to reach out to all Mayo people – those living not only in Ireland and Britain but also to the very large, worldwide Mayo diaspora who for various reasons now live their lives in places far away from County Mayo and the country of their birth and youth.
The book will be available in bookshops everywhere when they re-open.
‘We Are Mayo’ will cost €30 or you can buy four copies for €100.
Castle Book Shop, Castlebar will be taking orders from next week online or you can phone (094) 90 24422.