Charles J Kickham, (1828-1882 ) poet, writer, patriot and Mullinahone’s favourite son has been celebrated since his passing in August 1882 and is buried in Mullinahone’s Churchyard.
The centenary of his death was honoured with week long celebrations in 1982. Since then there is an annual "Kickham-Country Weekend" held every August in his memory. This weekend sees the annual festivities kick off with a cheese and a wine reception tonight (Friday, August 6 ) at 7.30pm. Former governor of Mountjoy Prison Mr John Lonergan will launch the weekend. At 8.30pm a lecture of “The Diary of Amhlaoibh O’Suilleabhain by Humphrey O’Sullivan, Callan will be read by Proinsias O’Drisceoil Ph.D and the entrance fee is €10.
On Saturday at 1.30pm there will be a bus tour of Callan, Kells and Kilkieran. Joe Kennedy of the Callan Historical Society will guide the tour and the cost is €15. That evening there will be a lecture on “Rev, John Barry — champion of the poor and this will be read by Brendan O’Cathaoir Ph.D and the fee is €10.
And finally on Sunday at 11.30am there will be an anniversary mass held for CJ Kickham and James Maher followed by oration and the laying of wreaths. To complete the weekend a poetry and music reading will take place at 3pm in Killaghy Castle walled garden. Guest poet on the day is Michael Coady from Carrick-on-suir and the entrance fee is €5.