19 December: Dr. Willie Nolan, ‘Michael Doheny of Fethard, Tipperary’s first Fenian’

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December 19th: Dr Willie Nolan ‘ Michael Doheny of Fethard, Tipperary’s first Fenian’

The Tipperary People and Places Lecture Series continues in December with Dr. Willie Nolan’s lecture on one of the county’s most famous Fenians, Michael Doheny. Born in Brookhill, Fethard in 1805 he trained as a lawyer and found himself in Dublin at the beginnings of Daniel O’Connell’s Repeal movement. He quickly grew more radical and aligned himself with the New Irelanders, an association that culminated in the failed Ballingarry Insurrection in 1848. He then fled to America where he joined the Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment, and died suddenly, in his 56th year, in New York. His remarkable revolutionary life was documented in his 1849 autobiography (now an Irish classic) ‘The Felon’s Track’.

William Nolan is a native of Ballinastick, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and is Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College Dublin. Through his academic publishing company Geography Publications he has published over fifty titles including twelve relating to Co. Tipperary. He has been researching the 1848 Rising, its origins and its aftermath for a number of years.

Come along and help us to round off another year of historical discovery at Tipperary Studies: admission is free, the lecture commences at 7.30pm and all are welcome to join us beforehand for refreshments and, perhaps, some sweet festive fare to celebrate the season.

For more details contact Mary/John at 0761 066 123 – studies@tipperarycoco.ie – FaceBook @tipperarystudies – Twitter @TippStudies