Dick Dowling: Early Days in Ireland and Texas
Monday, September 9, 2013 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Many years of hard work of Ann Caraway Ivins, a long-time Friend of the Center, has come to fruition in the publication of Dick Dowling: Galway’s Hero of Confederate Texas through Irish author Tim Collins. Collins will present aspects of the book focusing on Dowling’s early days in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland, how he found his way from Galway to Texas, and his contributions in Texas and particularly Houston.
Collins will follow Dowling’s journey from famine stricken Galway to New Orleans and his rise from penniless immigrant to successful businessman against all the odds, while still in his teens. His arrival in Houston in the late 1850s and his marriage to the daughter of Irish immigrants, at a time when the city was booming, meant that life for the young Dowling looked promising. Yet, with secession came war, and the rest, as they say, is history.
||Free and open to the public
||Ahern Room, Crooker Center
||William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies