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Lecture on Alfred O'Rahilly at Kerry Writers' Museum

One of the most important figures of Irish academia in the early years of the State is the subject of a lecture in his hometown on Thursday, February 6 next.

'Listowel's Alfred O'Rahilly: A Life in Politics and Education' is the title of the lecture that is to be delivered at the Kerry Writers' Museum - just a short distance from Alfred O'Rahilly's home in the Square - by former Cork Institute of Technology Registrar and Cork local historian Brendan Goggin.

Born in 1884, O'Rahilly would become an Irish revolutionary, a TD, a social reformer and a pioneer of education in his time, often controversially so.

A student of St Michael's College, O'Rahilly became full Professor of Mathematical Physics in UCC by 1917, a role he juggled with his revolutionary politics.

He was constitutional adviser to the Irish Treaty Delegation, supporting the Anglo-Irish Treaty and in 1922 composing a draft constitution for the Irish Free State with Darrell Figgis.

Standing as a candidate in Cork Borough for Cumann na nGaedheal, he was elected to the fourth Dáil in 1923 but resigned in 1924.