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Mayor’s enquiry leads to substantial arts windfall for Athlone

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Glenda, Edwin John, Paddy and Patricia Breen are pictured braving the elements at Athlone Christmas market last weekend. Photo: Mags Cunney

Arts in Athlone have received a substantial financial windfall from a surprising source.

An enquiry from Mayor Aengus O'Rourke led to the discovery of around €400,000 from the estate of the late writer and arts enthusiast, John Broderick.

Renowned internationally, Broderick was born in Athlone in 1924. He wrote more than a dozen novels and was regarded as a trail blazer, often writing about matters considered risqué in 1960s Ireland. He lived out the final years of his life in England and died in 1989.


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