08 Aug 2022

WATCH: Made of Athy plaque in honour of teacher and writer Michael Delaney unveiled

Family of writer and campaigning teacher Michael Delaney (Micheál Ó Dubhshláine) travel from Kerry to honour Kilkea native

The family and friends of the late teacher, writer and Kilkea native Michael Delaney (Micheál Ó Dubhshláine) made the trip from Kerry to Athy on Saturday, March 16, as a plaque was unveiled in his honour outside Frank O’Brien’s pub on Emily Square.

He was the latest to be honoured in the ‘Made of Athy’ series, a brainchild of local man Colm Walsh to honour artists and musicians with links to the town.

Micheál’s grandchildren and wife Áine cut the ribbon on the plaque before a video featuring his song Famous Fair Town of Athy was played in the pub.

The author, who passed away in 2006, aged 64, was a champion of the Irish language and rose to national prominence in the 1970s when he fought a campaign to keep Dún Chaoin NS open.

The Made of Athy plaque unveiled in Athy on March 16 in honour of Michael Delaney

Michael Delaney featured on an episode of TG4's Comhrá programme in 2003

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