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December lecture new date

Our December lecture date has moved. It will now take place on the 14th December @ 7pm. 

The lecture will be held in the Source theatre and booking is essential.

Please call the box office TEL: 0504 90204.


Dr Kevin McCarthy presents an illustrated talk on Tom Kiely, and presents the case for him being not only Tipperary’s greatest sports star, but Ireland’s too. Kiely’s sporting career spanned over twenty years and encompassed athletics in many forms, the GAA, and the social and political challenges of the day too. Kiely’s remarkable life story spanned over 80 years and is, in itself, a microcosm of Irish history, told through a lens focused on the Ballyneill area of south Tipperary but fanning out to places like St. Louis, New York, Antwerp, Edinburgh and all over Ireland. This is the story of the man known, simply, as ‘The Champion’. Kevin McCarthy is the author of Gold, Silver and Green: The Irish Olympic Journey 1896-1924, and Tom Kiely: Erin’s champion.

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