Michael Cavanagh of Cappoquin, County Waterford was a Young Irelander, Fenian and writer of considerable importance. Having lived through the Great Famine, Cavanagh was involved in one of the last Young Ireland actions; the attack on the constabulary barracks at Cappoquin.
Cavanagh left Ireland for America, where his literary talents blossomed. Cavanagh's career as a writer, poet and journalist in New York and Washington spanned over half a century. Cavanagh was a writer of great diversity- a poet in English and Irish, a storyteller, a historian and a translator of works, including many of Douglas Hyde's poems.
A wide selection of Cavanagh's writings have been collected in this new publication, brought to print by The Michael Cavanagh Society. "Michael Cavanagh: His Life and Selected Works" is available now from The Craft Shop at Lismore Heritage Centre. Priced €20.00 it is a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone interested in local history or literature.