Book was a labour of love for the late Tom Williams
'A Voice from out the Crowd', a book on the songs and poems of County Wexford by the late Tom Williams was launched at Greenacres in Wexford last Thursday night, the event attended by people from the world of sports, business, the arts and literature in the town.
Launched by Billy Roche, Paddy and Phil Berry sang one of Tom's songs 'A Tribute to the Councillor from Broadway,' the late Leo Carthy, Pat O'Callaghan recited his poem 'A Fairday in Taghmon' and George Lawlor sang 'Cuchulainn's Son'.
The launch was 'steered' by Tom's son David. Tom's wife Marie was there with the family and paid tribute to her family and Tom's many friends whi supported them.
Among those attending were Liam Gaul, Liam Griffin, Tony Dempsey, George O'Connor, Ger Carthy, Bishop Denis Brennan, Fr John Carroll, Damien O'Reilly of RTE Countrywide, Breda Cahill, Simon Kennedy, Nicky Furlong, Celestine Murphy, Phil Murphy, Sean Nolan and Tom's old friend, editor, journalist and genealogist Hilary Murphy, his school pal from Taghmon Seamus Seery, historian Brian Cleary and Professor Kevin Whelan.
David Williams said that publishing the book 'means an awful lot to our family'.
'The book was 50 years in the making. My father was a businessman, genealogist and a historian and it was a labour of love for him. Wexford was his passion and when he moved back to Wexford in 1970 he started putting pen to paper. 'Bringing the book to fruition was an important thing for the family. He had gathered all the material together, but became ill and died in August 2012, and never got the chance to complete it, so myself, my mother and my two sisters Joanne and Annette decided to finish this project for him.'
Tom, a former manager of Williams bakery, in Taghmon, was responsible not only for 'With Heart in Hand' as a record of the All-Ireland winning campaign of 1996, but wrote 'Cuchulainn's Son' immortalising Nickey Rackard.
A sculpture of Nickey Rackard was one of the pieces in the gallery.