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James Nowlan – The Alderman and the GAA in His Time

By Mary Morgan Mon 25th Nov

James Nowlan – some things you may not have known about him!

He was the 6th and longest serving President of the GAA 

Founder Member of St Patricks Brass and Reed Band in Kilkenny

He was an Alderman of Kilkenny City Council for twenty years.

He was the first chairman of the Leinster Council GAA

He was a cooper by trade and worked in Sullivan’s Brewery, Smithwicks and Guinness’s.

He was the son of a Fenian and joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood(Fenians) as a young man.

He was interned in Frongoch in Wales after 1916 Rising. Among other internees at the time were Michael Collins and Harry Boland who were also very passionate about the GAA.

He was born in Co Kildare in 1862 and died in a Dublin hospital in 1924.

By Mary Morgan Mon 25th Nov

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