Story By: Ulster Gazette
THE Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust has launched ‘King Fisher – The Story of Rally Legend Bertie Fisher’, a new book detailing the life of Ballinamallard rally star Bertie Fisher
Over 600 friends, fans and family members of the late Bertie Fisher congregated in Armagh City Hotel on Friday 4th March for the launch of the book, dedicated to the rallying career of one of Ireland’s motorsport legends – Bertie Fisher.
The book details a collection of memories from throughout the career of the Fermanagh native. The landmark launch event showcased hundreds of images of the top driver’s 30 years behind the wheel and, significantly, featured a selection of the sport star’s legendary rally cars, which helped Bertie win many of his illustrious titles.
The book has been created by the Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust in collaboration with the Fisher Family and was authored by Tigers committee member Fergus McAnallen, who is also a keen rally enthusiast and photographer.
The 320+ page book encompasses hundreds of images of Bertie in action, showcasing the Irish rallying legend’s career.
Armagh Tigers Committee work on a voluntary basis to raise funds and support local and worldwide charities and have worked on this book launch project for a number of years.
King Fisher chronicles Bertie’s well-documented success on Ireland’s rally stages and beyond, in addition to his charity work and the impact he had on the business community throughout Britain and Ireland with his family company, Fisher Engineering Ltd.
A four time Irish tarmac champion, Bertie was best known for his 20 international victories and was a three-time winner of the Circuit of Ireland rally, as well as a record breaking six times winner at the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney and four times winner of the Ulster Rally.
Kieran McAnallen, Chairman of the Armagh Tigers Committee and a long-time friend of Bertie, said: “As a long-time friend of Bertie, it is a proud moment to see all of the work which went into the book come to fruition. We are delighted to be able to honour our great friend, companion and colleague in such a momentous way and the feedback from the launch night was very positive.
“It was very special to have leading Irish rally stars such as Billy Coleman, Austin McHale, Kenny McKinstry and Kris Meeke join in our celebrations for the life of this wonderful man, and his son Mark and daughter Emma.”
Fergus McAnallen, who compiled the book, spoke of his excitement in relation to the launch: “The response to the event has been incredible, and highlights just how well thought of and respected Bertie was as a person and sports star.
“I was a huge fan of the sport of rallying, so I feel very fortunate to have been able to play a part in this emotional homage to his life and career.
The launch event was a very memorable night and a great way for us to celebrate a genuine world renowned sports star.”
You can buy the King Fisher book at the dedicated website www.bertiefisher.com