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He studied horticulture at Writtle Agricultural College and Southend College of Technology (both in Essex) and also at Blackfriars College, London.


An abstemious non-smoker, whimsical, slightly eccentric, of strong nationalistic views though not unduly patriotic, a fair fraction of his life had been spent living in a semi-bohemian existence, particularly in recent years, during which he has travelled extensively throughout Ireland, with a bike, a tent, a sleeping bag and a few odds and ends.  As an expert cyclist and camper, he has cycled, padded and camped extensively within every county in Ireland and in parts of Britain also.


His extensive travels and experiences have contributed in no small measure to the enhancement of his education, to instill in him a more profound understanding of his fellowmen and a finer appreciation of his native land.


He and his second wife now live in Glin, Co. Limerick, whilst his son, step-daughter and two grandsons are resident in England.


Sample Excerpts


The Sporting Yank



It was our parish priest Canon Mulready who had organized this hurling contest in aid of the local church fund, though only adult males had to pay for admission on the occasion, with women and children being accorded entry for free.  In any event, the contestants of this particular encounter with the camàn were our neighbours from Fininish the Shannon Sweepers and our own local heroes the Mount Pleasant Liberators.  Actually, this unusual name of our adversaries was a sobriquet; the inspiration for such probably being due to the fact that they usually swept all before them on the playing fields.  Their real appellation was Father Murrays, named in honour of a famous cleric who was one of the country’s foremost nationalist leaders and revolutionaries during the eighteenth century.  It was customary during the early years of the Gaelic Athletic Association for hurling and football clubs everywhere to bear either fanciful or memorable names – sometimes both……………..









































The Sporting Yank & Other Stories


By Thomas J Culhane


ISBN: 978-1-907107-51-1


Price:  €15.00



Tom Culhane was born at the now defunct Bedford Row Hospital, Limerick City in 1934, son of a farmer and a man who remained a bachelor until the age of 46.  He was brought up at Mount Pleasant in the parish of Robertstown, a rural area lying between the small towns of Askeaton and Foynes, receiving his education at local primary, secondary and technical schools.  Most of his working life has been spent as a seaman and a gardener, with intermittent spells as a factory hand.

Other Titles by the same Author:

My Errant Ways

By Bike & Foot through Erin