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Patrick Kavanagh & The Leader: The Poet, the Politician and the Libel Trial

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Patrick Kavanagh & The Leader: The Poet, the Politician and the Libel Trial

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Patrick Kavanagh & The Leader: The Poet, the Politician and the Libel Trial by Pat Walsh
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In October 1952 The Leader , a political and cultural magazine published an unsigned 'Profile' of the poet, Patrick Kavanagh which he considered offensive. He sued The Leader (and its printer) for damages. The case came to court in February 1954. Former Taoiseach John A. Costello appeared as lead barrister for the defence. The libel case became a public sensation, receiving extensive newspaper coverage at the time, with lengthy queues of spectators outside the court each day .Costello's detailed and masterful cross-examination of Kavanagh which went on over a number of days fatally undermined Kavanagh's case.The jury found that Kavanagh had not been libelled. Kavanagh was both personally humiliated and financially devastated. On appeal the decision was later overturned but the damage to Kavanagh had been done ...PRAISE FOR THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MAYO LIBRARIAN'a timely reminder' The Irish Examiner'Pat Walsh has unearthed a gem of a story' The Western People

Author Biography

Pat Walsh is a Librarian with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Library Service. Originally from Mayo, he now lives and works in Dun Laoghaire. He is the author of The Curious Case of The Mayo Librarian which Mercier published in 2009.
Release date Australia
February 1st, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
Ireland
Illustrations
12 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
The Mercier Press Ltd
Pages
288
Dimensions
129x198x21
ISBN-13
9781856356640
Product ID
3806604

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