The Hall of Fame is one of Ireland's most prestigious prize in the Irish Print Awards and this year's recipient is Warren Turner of Turner Print Group, Longford.
"It is no exaggeration to state that Warren Turner of Turner Print Group is a legend within the Irish printing industry. Innovation, on the technological and business management front, has been the hallmark of his tenure as managing director of the family business. And his long and distinguished career in the Irish printing industry is matched only by the impressive trading history of the company that he has so ably steered through the good times and the bad," writes the Irish Printer magazine (December 2010).
For over 300 years, Turner Printer Group has occupied premises in Longford town and in doing so survived the famine, Civil War, World Wars and Celtic Tigers. In the award citation in a recent edition of Irish Print Magazine, it was noted that Warren himself is "probably better placed than most to withstand the new era of IMF and EU economic intervention."
"Warren oversaw the change from letterpress to offset printing in the early 1970s. At that time all printing houses in Ireland were letterpress but with his experience abroad Warren could see that offset printing was the way forward. In fact one of Warren's most significant contributions to the family business during his time as managing director has been keeping the company abreast of technological developments...
"A keen rugby, golf and tennis player, Warren is a founder member of Longford Rugby Club, a past president and is a current trustee of the club. A lifelong member of the Irish Master Printers Association, Warren has served on numerous committees down through the years and, through his involvement with the Print and Package Forum is keen to see Irish prints become more competitive with their overseas counterparts and has been lobbying for a more level playing pitch for companies tendering for Government contracts."