The lecture will be delivered by OTS member and past president, Pat O'Hora on Thursday, the 18th of October at 8:30 pm at Tuam Town Hall, The Square. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Monday, 8 October 2012
October Lecture - John Lally: The Kilbannon Man Who Built America
John Lally was by any standards, a remarkable man, after receiving a basic education in a hedge school, an Irish speaker, he started his working life as an itinerant agricultural labourer in England. In the late 1870s he left Cloonkeely, to find fortune in America. From a Boston base, where he worked in construction, he moved to contracting and he patented a weight-bearing column that revolutionised construction technology, particularly in the areas of safety and skyscraper design. The success of his invention saw him become a manufacturer with 4 or 5 factories in pre-Depression America. This lecture will explore John’s life, the community he left behind and the society he found in Boston in which he succeeded so brilliantly.