Mr. John McGuire, Managing Director of Rehab Lotteries Ltd., performed the Dublin launch of ‘Roscommon Life,’ the 2007/2008 Roscommon Yearbook, at a function held in Tom Maye’s Tavern in North Frederick Street, Dublin on Monday night last. Mr. McGuire,who spent most of his early life in Castlerea, said that he may have been born in Tuam but he is ‘incredibly proud of his Roscommon roots.’ ‘I’ve spent the happiest days of my life in Castlerea,’ he added. Mr. McGuire said that he wished to congratulate all associated with Roscommon Life, including all who contributed articles. He wished to pay particular tribute to Paul Healy and Mike Lennon for their courage and grace in keeping the Yearbook alive. ‘You must remember that it might only take twenty minutes to read an article but it could take days’ to write it,’ he quipped. ‘Having looked at the content of this magnificent book I reckon that, at €10 a copy, it’s the best value in town!’ Mr. McGuire said he had taken a particular interest in an article on the restoration of the Holy Trinity Church in Castlerea. An article by Strokestown native Brigid Kavanagh, depicting her life as a young nurse, and a piece on the legacy which Billy Chapman has left to the Strokestown area (through his film collection, which will be launched in DVD form next year) were other favourites. Publishing the book each year represented the maintaining of a great tradition and he understood that 28 successive editions was a record for any county. He thanked those who continue to support the book and said that the value and beauty of the book merited such support and he had no doubt but that Paul Healy and Mike Lennon could continue to produce it into the future. Mike Lennon, Contributing Editor, welcomed all guests present and extended his thanks to Mr. John McGuire for kindly agreeing to perform the launch. Mr. Lennon thanked contributors for their continued support and extended a special thank you to Paul and Fiona Healy in recognition of their role as publishers. Mr. Michael Fitzmaurice, joint Life President of the Roscommon Association in Dublin, said that the 2007/2008 edition was magnificent. He was delighted with it content and with the quality of the production. Mr. Fitzmaurice spoke about the need for Roscommon people to support worthy causes in Roscommon and singled out Roscommon/Mayo Hospice and the Roscommon town branch of the Alzheimers Association as being particularly deserving of support. Mr. Fitzmaurice, who was accompanied by his wife Attracta, also alluded to the International Reunion which will take place in County Roscommon in 2008. He noted that those who attend the Reunion from all over the world very much look forward to seeing the annual yearbook. Paul Healy, Editor of Roscomon Life, said that it was customary every year at the Dublin launch to allude to developments in Roscommon. He observed that while there may be a downturn nationally there was much evidence of commercial and economic development in County Roscommon, particularly in Roscommon town, but also in adjoining areas. Editing the yearbook had, he said, been a pleasure. He hoped the Association members and Roscommon people everywhere would enjoy the mix of articles, reflecting as they do both the past and comtemporary matters. Paying tribute to the Roscommon Association in Dublin for all the good work conducted over the years, Mr. Healy said that he was delighted to see Michael Fitzmaurice so well recovered from his illness some months ago. He also extended best wishes to the Association’s other Life President, Ms. Rita Dorr. The Yearbook Editor said that Mike Lennon had again made a very important contributon to the process of producing the yearbook and he wished to acknowledge Mike’s excellent work in that regard. Monday night’s proceedings were compered by Mr. Seamus Scally, who introduced speakers with his customary flair and added his own congratulations to all associated with the production of Roscommon Life. During the formal proceedings Association chairperson Mike Lennon invited long-serving members Michael Fitzmaurice and Sean Costello to unveil a new banner promoting the Roscommon Association (Dublin).