HISTORY Making…Photograph taken at the signing of an agreement for the transfer of the Tom Brett Photographic Collection, excluding sport, to Kilkenny County Council.
Seated from left, Colette Byrne, CEO Kilkenny County Council, then Mayor Michael Doyle, Tom Brett, David Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach County Council.
Behind, council solicitor John Harte, Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick, Peter Seaver, Kilkenny Archives, Cllr Bread Gardner, John Kirwan, Kilkenny Archives and Cllr Andrew McGuinness.
The unique collection of over 50 years of Tom Brett’s photojournalism will be preserved by Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Archives for the benefit of present and future generations of people in Kilkenny City and County.
During his long career Tom photographed all major news, business, social, sports and political events in this area.
He has the rare achievement of being presented with an honorary membership of both the Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland and the Professional Photographers’ Association of Ireland, having been elected to the national council of both bodies.
He was also awarded life membership of the National Union of Journalists in which he served as negotiator for the Irish Executive Council and the Freelance Industrial Council.