Tipp town’s Simon Ryan Theatre hosted the official launch of the new Tony Ryan biography on Saturday evening, at the ‘Premier Late Late Show’.
Host Fran Curry interviewed a panel of Tipperary’s finest, from the world of politics, sport, music, culture, and business, in what was a lively and thought provoking debate on the state of Tipperary.
Summing up the feeling of the evening, rugby star and proud Cashel man John Fogarty said: “I’ve been living away from home since I was 18 playing for first Munster, then Connaught and then Leinster so to get the opportunity to come home and be a part of something that is Tipperary is not a hard sell for me.”
The distinquished line up included Dermot Fitzgerald - founding owner of Boru Stoves, celebrity chef and restaurateur Ronan Ryan, jockey Mick Kinane, Tommy Kinane, Denis Leamy, Una O’Dwyer - founder of Cashel Fine Foods, Alan Quinlan, and Declan and Charlie Swan. Discussing current affairs was Thurles-born former Minister Mary Hahafin, and Ministers of State Tom Hayes and Alan Kelly, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan from Bansha, and former Senator and TD Martin Mansergh.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary star.