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BOOK LAUNCH 2 DEC 2004

The Way We Were in Fermanagh in the 1960s

Following on from his very successful book on Fermanagh in the 1950s last year the writer John Cunningham has followed this up with another book this Christmas on the ensuing decade the 1960s. This book will be launched with refreshments in the Minor Hall in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown at 8 pm on December 2nd, 2004 and all are invited to attend. The launch will be performed by Breege Mc Cusker, writer and broadcaster, who is currently President of the Clogher Historical Society. This book follows the same format as last year with news items culled from the local and national papers, the musical hits of the 1960s, advertisements of the period, the sporting feats of the decade and numerous photographs of Fermanagh personalities, teams, weddings and the signature phenomenon of Ireland in the 1960s - the showbands.

Those who were blessed to be teenagers or young adults passed blissfully through a decade of carnival dances, young people packing into cars that they might actually own, a period of increasing wealth, a burgeoning youthful freedom never known by their parents who had to survive a World War, the increasing availability of black and white T.V. and the newly arrived colour T.V. and the new and exciting music of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Stones - the wrinkly rockers of today.

Out in the wider world according to the television and cinema there was Flower Power and hippies who all seemed to proclaim Universal Love and Peace in a haze of Pot and were enthusiastically involved in "Free Love" - whatever that was. Of course none of this came to Fermanagh or if it did, whoever knew about it kept it very quiet.

Christmas is a time of chatting and reminiscence and the handiest and most long lasting of Christmas gifts is a book. This book will help the younger generation to find out what Granny and Grandad were doing way back in the 60s and if you see a far away gleam in their eyes when the scan through the pages -  wouldn't you love to know what it meant?

The book costs £10 with P&P £5 Airmail and £3 Surface Mail.

John Cunningham,
Commons,
Belleek,
Co., Fermanagh,
N. Ireland BT93 3ED


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