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Nicholas Furlong

Drinagh Lodge, Wexford
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New Book Now Available

Number 5, County Wexford in the Rare Old Times
Photos of substantial Co. Wexford history from 1880 to 1980 by Nicholas Furlong. Published by Distillery Press, Kellystown, Drinagh, Wexford, Ireland.

Now only €28 + p&p for Softback and 35 + p&p for Hardback, (limited number) and is available at all good bookshops.

For further Information please contact : Mairead Furlong, Distillery Press, Kellystown, Drinagh, Co. Wexford. Tel: 053 91 43063. 
Email: Web: 

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Books Published

Dermot King of Leinster and the Foreigners – (Anvil 1973) Phone 01 4973628 

Wexford in the Rare Oul’ Times:  with John Hayes, Photographic technician: Vol. 1, 1985, Vol. 2, 1987 Vol. 3, 1996 (The Earliest County Wexford Photographs). Currently Out of Print

Vol. 4, 2005 – Co. Wexford in War, 1910 to 1924 
Available from Distillery Press, Kellystown, Drinagh, Wexford €8.00 plus p&p.  Phone/Fax 053 91 43063

Foster Son for a King – Children's Press, Dublin 1986 (For 8 to 13 year olds) 

Fr John Murphy of Boolavogue 1753 – 1798 Geography Publications, 1991, Dublin. 

The Greatest Hurling Decade: Wolfhound Press, 1993, Dublin
A personal memoir of the sensational hurling revolution in County Wexford 1950-1960. Phone 01-8740354
Amalgamated with Merlin Publishers Phone 01 4535866 Email:

Young Farmer Seeks Wife:
A first novel, published by Marino/Mercier. Phone 021 489858 Email ( Douglas Village, Cork 2002): Web:

A History of County Wexford: Commissioned by Gill and MacMillan, Dublin 2003: Telephone: 01 500 9500:

Diarmait, King of Leinster:  Mercier Press, Cork, 2006: Telephone: 021 489 9858: Fax: 021 489 9887 Email: Web:
Available from Distillery Press, Kellystown, Drinagh, Wexford €10 plus €5 post and packaging.  Phone/Fax 053 91 43063 Email:  

Fr. John Murphy of Boolavogue, 1753-1798 (3rd Edition): Available from Distillery Press, Kellystown, Drinagh, Wexford €10 plus €5 post and packaging. Phone/Fax 053 91 43063 Email:  

By Bishop's Rath and Norman Fort, (Wexford 1994) with Dr Edward Culleton and Patrick Sills

The Mighty Wave, (Four Courts Press, 1996) with Dr Daire Keogh. 

The Women of 1798 (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1998) Email: with Dr. Daire Keogh

Journal Wexford Historical Society, No. 17 1998 – 1999 with Celestine Rafferty.  Email

The Wexford Man - Essays in honour of Nicky Furlong (Geography Publications) Email: Web:

Stage Productions

Insurrection ’98 Wexford Opera Festival, 1965, Dun Mhuire Theatre:
Directed by Tomas Mac Anna
Revived 1998, Directed by Harry and Billy Ringwood

The Lunatic Fringe, Wexford Opera Festival 1966, Dun Mhuire Theatre: Directed by Tomás Mac Anna

Purple and Gold, GAA Centenary, 1984, Dun Mhuire Theatre: Directed by Tomás Mac Anna

Street Theatre

Storm the Bastille, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy – July, 1989: Directed by Harry Ringwood for the bicentenary commemoration of the French Revolution. 


Selected Papers Published

'Response to Dr Tom Dunne', Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 23, 2011-2012, 164-168

...Ask What you can do for your Country: the Memory and the Legacy of John F Kennedy. Editor D B Fleming (Vandamere Press, Florida, USA, 2002)

Irelands Zuider Zee (An Meitheal, Salesian College, Pallaskenry, Limerick, No 5, 1959)

A History of Land Reclamation in Wexford Harbour (Journal Old Wexford Society No 2)
Clonmines, The Corporate Town that Died (Journal Old Wexford Society No 1).

The Immediate Predecessors of Dermot MacMurrough, Dermot Mac Enna MacMurrough (1115 – 1117) Enna Mac Donncha MacMurrough (1117 – 1126) (Journal Old Wexford Society No. 4)

The Times and Life of Nicholas Sweetman, Bishop of Ferns (1744-1786) (Journal Wexford Historical Society No. 9)

The Vulnerable Evidence of Photography, Royal Society of Antiquaries, Dublin. County Wexford in the Rare Oul' Times Nos 1 and 2.

Diarmait MacMurrough and the Norman Mercenaries:  The Military History Society, Dublin

Diarmait MacMurrough and the Norman Mercenaries 1169-1172: The Old Dublin Society.

Wexford and its many peoples (Ireland Today. The Bulletin of the Department of Foreign Affairs. No 971, 1980.  
Berlin Grünewoche, Berlin's Green Week, Success and Chastisement (COOP Ireland, Dublin 1986).

Wexford Port 1600 to 1800 in Wexford, History and Society, Editors Dr Kevin Whelan and Dr William Nolan, Dublin (1987)

Blood and Soil, The Farmer and the Führer (Biatas, Vol. XLIII No's 9 and 10, December 1989 and January 1990) Editor, Michael Grimes. 

Nightmare in Brussels (Biatas, Vol XLIV, No 8) 1990

DDR East Germany - Farmers Paradise (Biatas, Vol XLIV No. 3 1990)

Farming Beyond the Iron Curtain (Biatas, Vol XLIV No. 1 1990)

Collectivisation of Farming (Biatas, Vol XLIV No.4 1990)

"Mr Fee of Armagh" (Cardinal Tomas Ó Fíaich), (Petrus - Saint Peters College Wexford Annual, 1991. Editor, Matthew Boggan).

Wexford through its Writers.  Dermot Bolger, Editor.  New Island, 1992.  Introduction:  the mosaic of inspiration.

Local or Cosmopolitan?: The strategic importance of Wexford in 1798.  (The Mighty Wave, The 1798 Rebellion in Wexford.  Editors Daire Keogh adn Nicholas Furlong.  Four Courts Press, 1996).  

The Church and Fr John Murphy of Boolavogue in Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter: The Clergy and 1798( The Columba Press, 1997, Editor, Liam Swords.)


Lecture Tours

Nicholas Furlong  is a well-known lecturer both nationally and in his native County Wexford where he guides visitors on tours of the historic region. His lecture tours of the USA have included:

1976 (“The Quakers of Ireland in the founding of Pennsylvania” and “The Surviving Irish Royal Families”), a lecture tour provided  under the auspices of the Irish American Cultural Institute;

1996 (The Revolution of 1798 and Fr John Murphy of Boolavogue).  Under the auspices of the Irish American Cultural Institute.  


Professional Memberships

Nicholas Furlong’s professional memberships are: Member of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (Ireland).


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