John Browne’s second book ‘Wandering Back and Forth’ was officially launched by Nora Butler to a full to capacity Damer Court Hotel last week.
After an introduction by master of ceremonies on the night Pat Flanagan, John recited the poem which inspired the title of the book, ‘The Road not Taken’ by Robert Frost. Roscrea Comhaltas followed with two sets of tunes, and then William Cullagh, a featured artist in the book performed some Classical and contemporary music with Gary Doherty. Indeed this was a different genre for many of the attendees. Teresa Ryan-Feehan, a member of Roscrea Speakers Club recited a poem by John entitled ‘The Golden Snow of Autumn’ and later she recited ‘I am the Cloud’.
Edel Carey and Jimmy Quinlan sang some uplifting songs which got the audience singing away, also Jimmy played ‘The Mason Apron’ on Mandolin to rapturous applause. A much talked about poem ‘Counting Sheep’ was recited by Adrian Hewson which had the audience laughing non-stop. Dunkerrin native Eimear Teehan took time out of her studies and enthralled the audience with two beautiful O’Carolan pieces on the harp. Michael Costigan, of Clonakenny, entertained those present with two hilarious stories which kept all enthused. Another Clonakenny native, Michael Ryan whistled ‘in and out’ to the tune or a reel and slow air. Camillus Boland, a visiting artist from Tullamore, sang two songs and recited a monologue, both of which he composed himself. Camillus will be releasing a new CD shortly and we look forward to that. Seán Dwan, another member of Roscrea Speaker’s Club recited two of John’s favourite pieces from the book, one he penned himself entitled ‘Death the Equalizer’ a serious poem from his collection and an inspiring piece by Frank Canning the Dromakeenan poet entitled ‘My Day’s Outing’, which describes a journey from Portumna to Killaloe via Nenagh, Moneygall, Dunkerrin, Mountheaton and surrounding areas.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.