‘John Joe’s Story’ launched to critical acclaim in Galbally

Tim Ryan and Jim Cussen pictured with Tom Toomey who launched Õ John JoeÕs StoryÕ at Galbally Community Centre on Saturday night last

Marking the launch of one of the most significant publications depicting the Troubles in this region, noted historian and author Tom Toomey was on hand to unveil, ‘John Joe’s Story’, a fascinating new book by Stan D. O’Brien in Galbally Community Centre on Saturday night last, 21st January.
Tom Toomey is well known for his historical work and also as author of the acclaimed publication, ‘War of Independence’ in Limerick’.
The event, hosted by Galbally Tidy Towns, enjoyed a packed attendance as master of ceremonies Tim Ryan got proceedings underway at the Canon Hennessy Community Centre from around 8pm.
Attendees came, not only from the local South Limerick area, but also from throughout Munster and farther afield.
Written in an easy to read style, ‘John Joe’s Story’ will be of interest to readers in County Limerick and also in many other border county areas of Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.
It is described as ‘a classic of that period’ and the author, Stan O’Brien, a son of John Joe, attended the launch to sign copies of the book and chat with those in attendance about the part played by locals in the fight for Irish freedom and the ensuing Civil War.
The book affords a unique insight into role played by the late Commandant O’Brien in the War of Independence, with an insider’s account of many incidents from that era in South Limerick and beyond.
‘John Joe’s Story’, which seems set to become a best selling publication, can be purchased locally at Cummins’s Quick Pick or by logging on to www.johnjoesstory.com