Book chronicling the work of former Sem professor

Fr Tom Looney will launch the compilation

A fascinating new book charting the writings of a former scholar and teacher at St Brendan’s College in Killarney is about to be launched.

Caherciveen native Fr Charles Brennan (1875-1937) was a professor in the college for nine years. As a Gaelic activist, he helped found Craobh na nÁirne of the Gaelic League and edit the famed monthly Loch Léin.

Writing under his pen-name Óisín, he achieved national acclaim.

Now a book chronicling Óisín’s poetry, musical compositions and writings, in both English and Irish, is to be launched.

The 290-page compilation has been researched and published by Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh who has been a member of Killarney’s Conradh na Gaeilge for 40 years.

His important compendium will be launched by Fr Tom Looney, in the Killarney Heights Hotel on Tuesday, October 25 at 8.30pm and all are welcome.

The history books will show that as curate in Tralee from 1907-1914, Fr Charles Brennan became actively involved with the volunteers with the result that Dublin Castle insisted on his being transferred from the county capital.

En-route to his Castletownbere parish, the legendary Small Jer O’Leary presented him with a rifle in Killarney’s Railway Station. He did so on behalf of the Tralee volunteers as their parting gift to their leader.

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