On Thursday 26th August the book and exhibition Sweet Memories: The Story of Urney Chocolates by Karen Nolan was launched by Mayor of South Dublin County Eamonn Maloney at the County Library in Tallaght.
A huge crowd turned out for the launch, many of them former Urney employees. The company may have started life in a remote village in County Tyrone but the name Urney will forever be associated with Tallaght and generations of Tallaght people will always remember with affection the Gallagher family from Urney.
The second Irish Life and Lore South Dublin County collection of oral history recordings was also launched on the night. Many of the recordings relate to Urney and were used by Karen in her research for the book. We extend a special thank you to all those who were interviewed as part of the project: Peter and Maureen Lawless; Willie and Bernie Roche; Maurice Kelly; Margaret Williams and her daughters Bernie, Emily, Carmel and Mary; Helen Keogh; Willie and Lily Murphy; Mairín Gallagher; Rory and Ita Doyle; Margaret Lennox; Paddy Rochford; Sister Cora Ferriter; Patrick Lambert; Kate Little; Mary Kelly; and Maisie Williams.
Thanks are due also to those who donated photos and articles for the exhibition: Margaret Williams, Willie Roche, Willie Murphy, Dominic Finnegan, Tony Clery, Ann O’Clery, Mary Conlon and Mary McGrath.
South Dublin County Council through its library service is delighted to promote the study of our history and heritage by supporting this book and exhibition. The exhibition will run at the County Library until Saturday 18th September and will then move to Clondalkin Library where it will be on display for the month of October.
Copies of the book, priced €15 are available at the County Library, Tallaght, or contact Síle Coleman or Colette Carpenter on 01 4620073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.