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Mount Merrion Historical Society
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                8.00pm, Thursday 2nd May, 2024
                         Fitzwilliam Rooms 
            Mount Merrion Community Centre
            Presented By: 
    David Ryan
Buck Whaley
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Born in Dublin in 1765, Thomas "Buck" Whaley was heir to a huge fortune and estates, but also notorious for his scatter-brained schemes and disastrous gambling losses. Most famously, he bet that he would travel to Jerusalem and back within a year. With £15,000 (around €1.5 million in today’s money) at stake, Whaley set out and in the course of his travels encountered storms, pirates, the plague, bandits and an infamous Ottoman governor known as "the Butcher".
In this talk David Ryan reveals the story of one of Dublin history's most colour characters.
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David Ryan is the author of Buck Whaley: Ireland’s Greatest Adventurer (Merrion Press, 2019) and Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs (Merrion Press, 2012). David lives in Dublin with his wife and three children. He works as a television writer and director, specialising in history documentaries.