The Alderman and the GAA in his time



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James Nowlan – The Alderman and the GAA in his time. James Nowlan, after whom Nowlan Park is named, was until recently the forgotten man of the GAA. He was the longest serving GAA president and an Alderman of Kilkenny City Council at the turn of the 19th century. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Glasnevin Cemetary after his death in Dublin in 1924. Jim Walsh of Slieverue, who always had an interest in the James Nowlan story, was instrumental in arranging for the GAA to erect a headstone in Glasnevin in recent years. Jim has now published a book - "James Nowlan The Alderman and the GAA in his Time" James Nowlan - some things you may not have known about him! He was the 6th and longest serving President of the GAA  Founder Member of St Patricks Brass and Reed Band in Kilkenny He was an Alderman of Kilkenny City Council for twenty years. He was the first chairman of the Leinster Council GAA He was a cooper by trade and worked in Sullivan's Brewery, Smithwicks and Guinness's. He was the son of a Fenian and joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood(Fenians) as a young man. He was interned in Frongoch in Wales after 1916 Rising. Among other internees at the time were Michael Collins and Harry Boland who were also very passionate about the GAA. He was born in Co Kildare in 1862 and died in a Dublin hospital in 1924.