The Old Tuam Society's 2011/12 programme continues with a lecture entitled, Dick Dowling: Galway's Hero of Confederate Texas. Richard W. "Dick" Dowling emigrated in 1846, along with his parents and siblings, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Dowling settled in Houston, Texas where he established himself in business, including a number of saloons, such as the wonderfully titled "Bank of Bacchus". At the outbreak of the American Civil War, he enlisted in the Davis Guards of the Confederate Army. And on the 8th of September, 1863, at Sabine Pass Dowling's command of a small group of artillery scored several direct hits on a flotilla of Union ships and was credited with thwarting an invasion of Texas.This lecture will be delivered by Tim Collins on Thursday 15th March at 8:30pm at Tuam Town Hall, The Square. Admission is free and all are welcome.