CATHOLIC Emancipation, Daniel O’Connell, two love stories, kidnapping, political and land agitation, evictions and murder are among the topics to be addressed during an illustrated talk in Stradbally Library & Art house this Thursday evening, August 23 at 8pm.
Darrell Hooper has spent years researching the novel ‘The Manor of Glenmore’ showing life in 1828 Stradbally and the talk organised by the Laois Heritage Society promises to be a fascinating one.
Mr Hooper has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to talk about the novel to a ‘home’ audience.
‘The Manor of Glenmore’, or the ‘Irish Peasant’, was published in 1839 and written by Peter Burrowes Kelly who was born in 1811 in Stradbally.
Peter B. Kelly was educated at Trinity College and Kings Inn where he was called to the Bar. For a while he went to London where he became a friend of the poet Thomas Cambell.
On his return to Ireland he became a Counsel on the Leinster Circuit.
He joined Daniel O’Connell and contested the election in Queen’s County in 1831 but was defeated. On the political platforms of the day he became a sought after speaker and one of Pat Lalor’s foremost supporters.
He began writing, sending articles to the Dublin Review. His play ‘The Polish Mother’, tragedy in five acts became a success. He married in 1842 Elizabeth Garves of Stradbally and the rest of their lives were spent in complete happiness.
He was appointed Clerk of the Peace for Queen’s County. His wife died in 1883 and he followed her within a few weeks and they were both buried in Oakvale Cemetery, Stradbally.