AboutHistorian, author, priest; Tony Gaughan has written and published several acclaimed volumes on Irish historical figures including: Austin Stack: Portrait of a Separatist and Alfred O'Rahilly: Controversialist. He has written two memoirs: At the Coalface (The Columba Press) and Recollections of a Writer by Accident (Kingdom Books). Originally from Listowel, he is a former parish priest in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
Books J. Anthony Gaughan is the author of numerous books and a contributor of over 95 articles to professional journals.
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Nominated for Kerry Person of the Year When one accesses the website of the Kerry Association in Dublin, the first sentence that greets one is "Celebration is indigenous to Kerry and its people. The Association aims to celebrate its diversity, individuality, creativity and imagination that are Kerry." One of the most important ways that this aim is realized on an annual basis is by the award of its premium honour "Kerry Person of the Year" to a worthy recipient. It is of course a tremendous honour - the greatest honour that can be bestowed on a Kerry person by its own, an honour that is not granted lightly, and always given to a person of considerable acumen who, through his/her unique talents and individuality, has brought fame, renown, honour and distinction to his/her native county.
Because "Kerry Person of the Year" is such a prestigious honour, it is always with care, foresight and consideration that one nominates a person for this great distinction. And yet this year I have little hesitation in commending my nominee for this honour - Rev. J. Anthony Gaughan.