Humanity Dick Martin ‘King of Connemara’ 1754-1834

By: Shevawn Lynam


This finely detailed and amply illustrated biography recreates the life and times of one of Ireland’s earliest environmentalists, founder of the world movement for the protection of animals. A loveable Galwayman, Volunteer colonel, landlord-eccentric, lawyer-duellist, parliamentarian and champion of Catholic emancipation, his colourful, humorous personality is caught in this poised and readable work.

‘A vivid, thoughtful, engrossing book.’
– David Thompson, The Guardian

He waged a one-man battle to stop the ill-use of animals. For that alone he deserves to be remembered and to have won such a sympathetic and fair biographer as Miss Lynam.’
– T.G. Barker, The Cork Examiner

‘The book is full of fascinating grace-notes about the history of both Ireland and England in a period of almost frenetic entanglement.’
– John Horgan, The Listener

A courageous and attractive man who deserves to be remembered with affection.’
– Ruth Dudley Edwards, The Irish Press

The most enthralling book I have read for a long time.’

SHEVAWN LYNAM was born in Dublin of Galway parents and educated in Ascot, Madrid, France and Germany. Linguist and journalist, she was Spanish specialist with the BBC and the Ministry of Information during the War. After going to Paris in 1950 she worked for the Marshall Plan and UNESCO, and edited NATO’s monthly review from 1958 to 1963, returning to Dublin to be Editorial Publicity Officer at the Irish Tourist Board until 1971. She died in 1998.

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Weight 0.5 kg



215x135mm, 320pp