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Saturday 21 September 2019

Wexford lecture focus will be on 'Art of the Obituary'

By David Tucker

The first lecture for this year's Wexford Historical Society lecture series is on Wednesday, January 14, and will focus on 'The art of the Obituary'.

It will be presented by Charles Lysaght, a retired barrister-at-law. at St. Michael's Hall, Green Street, Wexford at 8 p.m.

In the course of his legal career, Charles Lysaght lectured in law at London University and King's Inns, practised at the Bar both in London and Dublin and held appointments as a legal adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Law Reform Commission. He has written for learned journals and newspapers on legal issues.

In 1979, he published a biography of Brendan Bracken, the son of one of the founders of the GAA, who became Winston Churchill's closest friend in politics. His subsequent biographical work includes his 8,000 word entry on former Taoiseach John Costello. In 2009, he edited on behalf of The Times a collection of 100 of their Irish obituaries dating back to Daniel O'Connell and including more than a dozen he himself had written since the '70s.

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