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Readings of Edward (the Poet) Egan's poems on Geashill

Ciaran McCabe
Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

Pat Foley will read the poems of Edward (the Poet) Egan’s pertaining to Egan’s hometown of Geashill. Edward (the Poet) Egan’s life (1858-1940) spanned the mid-Victorian period to the outbreak of the Second World War. Born into a tenant family in Geashill, on the estate of Lord Digby, Egan contributed poems and ballads to local and national publications from the 1890s to the 1930s, including the King’s County Chronicle, the Westmeath Independent and Ireland’s Own. He also authored the King’s County Couplets, published in Birr in 1892. Egan’s poems are valuable sources for understanding the social and political contexts of County Offaly society in his lifetime. Egan’s poems were recently collected and published in a single volume, edited by Michael Byrne, Anne O’Rourke and Tim O’Rourke, and published by Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society. The readings by Pat Foley will be recorded and hosted on Offaly History’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsp8kX-ewOCXfhkUCamGvzg

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