Nicholas Furlong has immortalised and made
world-famous the people, the culture, and the history of
Wexford and has provided education and entertainment
through his newspaper columns, books, stage plays,
television and radio broadcasts to generations of people
young and old. Here is a selection of photographs
from his life and times.
• John Banville,
seated, Wexford-born Man Booker Prize Winner 2005, whose
rude health and mental agility were stimulated in
youth by fresh milk from Furlong’s Mulgannon dairy,
with fellow author Nicholas Furlong.
• Backstage party at Abbey Theatre production of
‘Tarry Flynn’ in Dun Mhuire, Wexford Festival Opera
1967. Writer and Scottish nationalist, Sir Compton
Mackenzie, Nicholas Furlong, Mayor of Wexford Kevin Morris and
Lady Mackenzie, a native Gaelic speaker.
• Nicholas Furlong, the author and David Bowen on right examine the cranial
capacity of cameraman, Shay Doyle.
Grogan - Rebel Leader
• Nicholas Furlong unveils monument to Cornelius
Grogan rebel leader of the 1798 rebellion outside Rathaspeck church, where Grogan was
verger, on 1798 Commemoration Day, Piercestown
Wexford, July 1998. With Fr James Butler, Fr Liam
Jordan, Kevin Waters N.T., Patrick Sills, and Canon
Lunatic Fringe, Press Conference, Whites Hotel
• Playwright Nicholas Furlong was under siege during
the Wexford Opera Festival
1966, when his play The Lunatic Fringe roused the
Franciscan Fathers, created international publicty
and packed houses.
Augustinian College, Rome
• At the reception in the Irish
Augustinian College, Rome, following the installation of
Cardinal Tomás Ó Fíaich in his titular church, San
Patrizio, Nicholas Furlong, Monsignor Francis MacLarnon,
P.P., V.G. Armagh, Furlong's former teacher
Cardinal Tomás Ó Fíaich and Cardinal Basil Hume,
Archbishop of Westminster. 25th November, 1979.
• Nicholas Furlong explains the significance of
the crest on Ross historian Joe Doran at Tullow, Co.
Carlow on Fr. John Murphy
Day in July 1998.
Nicky Furlong, Church organist, St
Martins, Piercestown, Wexford 1979 - 1995 (below
Salesian Agricultural College, Co Meath
Nicholas Furlong, Salesian
Agricultural College, Warrenstown, Co Meath, Organist
1947 - 1948(below left)
Launches A History of Wexford
• Minister of European Affairs Dick Roche on right
launches Nicholas Furlong's book, A History of
County Wexford at the Book Centre, Wexford town.
In centre is the minister's mother Breda Roche of
• Donncha Ó Dulaing, (on
right) presenter of the RTE national radio programme
'Donncha's Sunday' interviews Nicholas Furlong for a
broadcast on the biography of 1798 Rebellion leader
Fr. John Murphy of Boolavogue.
Ambassador at Wexford Festival Opera
• The Russian Ambassador to Ireland, Ezguemi
Mikhailoz and his interpreter, the honorary
secretary of the
Russia-Ireland Society, with on right Nicholas Furlong,
Wexford Festival Opera Council, on Gala Night,
October 15th, 1998.
• County Wexford authors Nicholas Furlong right and
Colm Toibin of Enniscorthy whose books Blackwater
Lightship and The Master were later shortlisted for
the prestigious and world renowned Man Booker prize
in 1999 and 2004 respectively, are pictured
wandering and pondering on a Wexford shore in 1993.
Gay Byrne, RTE and Bobby Howick, Guinness
• Nicholas Furlong, Press Officer of the Wexford Festival Opera (1969
with Gay Byrne, presenter of the RTÉ television Late
and Bobby Howick of Guinness Ireland during the
Wexford Festival Opera Launch at Guinness, St. James
Nicky Furlong with Brian Keenan in New
Ross during the BBC's filming of the 1798
Insurrection, Summer 1997
Hill Battle Site
Nicholas Furlong at Vinegar Hill
Battle Site Memorial. 1798 prisoners revolt near
Blacktown, Sydney, Australia. April 26,
Paying tribute to the men and women of
1798 at the graveside mounment of Michael Dwyer in
Waverly Cemetry, near Sydney, Australia, during the
Wexford - Australian commemorations in April 2000
End of Empire Singapore, April 2000
Festschrift presentation night, Ferry
carrig Hotel, 22 November 2007.