Tralee Library will host a lecture titled ‘AustinStack: Portrait of a Separatist’ on Tuesday, 31 May at 7.00 pm. The lecture will be given by historian, Rev. J. Anthony Gaughan, a native of Listowel.  The lecture is based on his biography of Austin Stack.  The lecture forms part of Kerry Library’s Decade of Commemoration events.

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Austin Stack (1879 – 1929) was born in Ballymullen, Tralee.  In 1916, as commandant of the Kerry Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, he made preparations for the landing of arms by Roger Casement. Stack was arrested and sentenced to death for his involvement in the Rising. However, this was later commuted to penal servitude for life. He was elected as a member of the 1st Dáil.  He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and took part in the subsequent Civil War. He was captured in 1923 and went on hunger strike for forty-one days before being released in July 1924.  His health never fully recovered and he died in 1929.

This free lecture ‘Austin Stack: Portrait of a Separatist, will take place at Tralee Library on Tuesday, 31 May at 7.00 pm and is open to all. For further details contact Tralee Library at 066 7121200 or log onto www.kerrylibrary.ie

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