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Friday 21 July 2017

Great orator's life story at City Hall

Kevin Gordon, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady, Ray McSharry, CEO Ciarán Hayes, Cllr Hubert Keaney, Keville Burns, Gerry Murphy, Brian O’Reilly, Cllr Sinead McGuire, Paul Canning
Kevin Gordon, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady, Ray McSharry, CEO Ciarán Hayes, Cllr Hubert Keaney, Keville Burns, Gerry Murphy, Brian O’Reilly, Cllr Sinead McGuire, Paul Canning

Sorcha Crowley

A noble Sligo man who inspired generations of leaders and poets with his fiery speeches has been honoured with a new exhibition at City Hall.

William Bourke Cockran, born in Carrowkeel, Co Sligo in 1854, has been forgotten in his native country but a new Foundation set up in his name is hoping to change all that.

Cockran emigrated to the US as a young man and went on to become a successful lawyer and US Congressman.

He counted among his friends the likes of W.B. Yeats, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill and several US Presidents.

The William Bourke Cockran Foundation recently set up in Sligo has already had strong interest from the likes of the New York Times in their exhibition on his life story.

"We are going to bring it to New York, before the year end," said the Foundation Chairman Gerry McCanny. "We have an opportunity to develop him into a great tourism brand and drive tourism from America to here," he said.

"There's a phenomenal amount of goodwill in America. We'll use the exhibition as benchmark to develop interest in William Bourke Cockran," he said. The modular exhibition was designed by architect Gordon Ellis and will run for three weeks.

William Bourke Cockran's name was also added to the panel of Freemen of Sligo City at City Hall.

Entrance is free.

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