Kevin Kelly is a Thomastown man to his finger tips. Recently - in time for the Christmas market - he published a hugely attractive 100-page book commemorating the drive for All-Ireland glory by his beloved Thomastown at junior hurling level in 2012/’13.
It is an historical fact that having annexed the Kilkenny junior title in 2012 after beating Bennettbridge in the county final on one of the most dreadful Sundays’ that ever dawned in Nowlan Park, they careered through territory never mapped before in their history.
Whilst hope of progress was in their hearts in the month of January 2012, as their selectors mapped out their aspirations, their achievements must surely have exceeded all of their expectations as they raced to a South junior title, a county junior title, a Leinster title, an All-Ireland title and throw in a Paddy Cahill Cup win for good measure.
Speaking to the author Kevin, his motivation came from the excitement, passion and pride exuding around the entire community by the achievements of their own young people.
“What is seldom is rich,” he said, “and I felt that the achievements of our own lads merited some form of permanent record. I got tremendous help from around the parish, both from a pictorial base and from a scripted angle.
“Everybody was appreciative of what we were trying to do, and why it should be done. We made references to other local GAA achievements in the p0arish also, which enhances the publication in my opinion.”
It really is a super production, and surely must find its way into every Thomastown household in the parish,
and I am also convinced that it will wing its way around the World wherever a Thomastonian reigns.