O’Donnell’s Autobiography – Book Launch


Event: Launch of Nicholas O’Donnell’s Autobiography, edited by Val Noone

Where: The Celtic Club
, 316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000 

When: Sunday 19 February 2017 from 3 pm-4 pm. 

Cost: Free entry – nibbles served ~ drinks at bar prices ~ bar opens at 2.30

Further information: nod-launch-invite ; Celtic Club  
or phone: 03 96706472;
RSVP helpful but not essential: info@ballaratheritage.com.au

 MC: Catherine Noone

Welcome: Brian Shanahan, President of Celtic Club

Launch speech: Professor Elizabeth Malcolm

On behalf of O’Donnell descendants: Peter Brennan

For the publishers: Dot Wickham           From the editor: Val Noone

Music: Brendan Power and his friends Graeme and Noel are generously offering music from 2.30 onwards and, as part of the formalities, will give us a relevant tune from Limerick.

Nibbles served ~ Drinks at bar prices ~ Bar opens at 2.30

Nicholas O’Donnell’s Autobiography is a gem of family and social history. Born in 1862 at Bullengarook in central Victoria, O’Donnell graduated in medicine, married New Zealand-born Molly Bruen and for many years, based in West Melbourne, they were community leaders and prominent campaigners for Irish Home Rule. Nicholas was was a Gaelic scholar and one of the founders of the Celtic Club.

Before the arrival of the internet, he researched his and his wife’s parents and scores of others who migrated from Ireland, especially Limerick. Although O’Donnell died in 1920 before publishing his findings, his descendants cared for his manuscript.

Val Noone has edited O’Donnell’s hand-written pages, adding an Introduction and an Epilogue. This is an attractively illustrated volume of 344 pages.

  • Recommended retail price: $38.50
  • Special launchprice: $30 if collected at the launch. $40 posted.

Order by email, telephone or post. Payment by cash, cheque, credit card or bank transfer.

A copy of an order form for the pre-launch special offer of $40 posted or $30 if collected at the launch is attached.nod-special-offer

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