Charles Joseph Kickham

Kickham, Charles Joseph


Born in 1828, in Mullina-hone, County Tipperary; died Aug. 21, 1882, in Blackrock, near Dublin. Irish writer.

Kickham was arrested for taking part in the Irish rising of 1848. In the 1860’s he participated in the Fenian movement and contributed to the journal The Irish People. His poem “St. John’s Eve” (1868) was written during his second stay in prison. He wrote the popular ballads and songs “The Irish Peasant Girl” and “Slievenamon.” Kickham described the life of the poor in the novel Knocknagow, or the Homes of Tipperary (1879).


Sally Cavanagh. Dublin, 1869.


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