FIGHTING IRISH welcomed to Cavan…

RTE’S Myles Dungan took his Fighting Irish show to Cavan this August – and got a warm welcome home.

The historian, broadcaster and author, born in Kingscourt, delighted a packed Cavan Town Hall with his show, which also stars tenor Matthew Gilsenan of the Celtic Tenors.

The show was an integral part of a two-day American Civil War commemoration, hosted by Cavan County Council Library Service, in collaboration with Pegasus Consulting.

150 years after the Civil War, this was a major commemoration of the Irish who fought in the conflict.

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The American Civil War was fought between April 1861 and May 1865 and upwards of 200,000 Irishmen took part in the conflict. It is Ireland’s great forgotten war.

A large number of American Civil War experts joined the community in Johnston Central Library for the two day commemoration including:

  • Dr Myles Dungan
  • Dr Patrick Fitzgerald
  • Ian Kenneally, NUI Galway – Causes and Issues of the Civil War.
  • Damian Shiels, archaeologist and author – The Irish in the American Civil War
  • Dr David Murphy, NUI Maynooth, will discuss famous battles such as Gettysburg and Fredericksburg.
  • Aidan O Hara, historian and author – Cavan born Civil War photographer Matthew Brady
  • Dr Brendan Scott – Cavan Names in the Civil War.

More details HERE