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28 Nov 2021

Work by Longford based author features in new book

Work by Longford based author features in new book

Acclaimed Longford town based historian and author, Aidan O’Hara, is one of eighteen academics whose work is included is a new a new book from US publishers, McFarland’s, entitled ‘Fighting Irish in the American Civil War and the Invasion of Mexico’.

The Longford based writer contributed a captivating essay on the life and work of the famed Judge Charles Patrick Daly.

The son of Irish immigrants from Co Tyrone, he was a figure who loomed large in judicial and political circles in an emerging United States.

Donegal native, Aidan O’Hara, now lives in Clonbalt Woods, Longford town, and is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He worked as a presenter-producer with RTE and with the CBC in Canada.

His several Radharc/RTE films include the award-winning series on the Irish in Newfoundland. His book on that subject won the Oireachtas prize for literature in 1998. He’s planning to bring out a translation in English next year.

He also wrote the biography of singer, Delia Murphy, following his acclaimed film documentary on her life in 1988. His book, Atlantic Gaels – Links Between Donegal and the Hebrides, was published in Scotland in 2013.

And he has just completed a first draft of a major book on the Irish in the era of the American Civil War.

Closer to home he is also a regular contributor to the Longford Historical Society’s hugely popular Teabhtha publication.

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