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Dr Edward Mac Lysaght / An Dr Éamonn Mac Giolla Iasachta
Youth

Edward Mac Lysaght was born in Flax Bourton near Bristol. His father, S R Lysaght, was born in Hazelwood near Mallow Co. Cork. He descended from the old Irish family Mac Giolla Iasachta, whose origins were said to date back to Brian Boru. His mother Kathryn Clarke came from Lincolnshire, where her forbears, originally from Offaly, had settled two generations previously. S R was employed as a principal in the Orb, Ironworks founded by his uncle John Lysaght.

Edward got his schooling in Nash House, Bristol, and afterwards was sent to Rugby College, and to Corpus Christi College in Oxford to study law. He spent only two terms in Oxford, and having hurt his leg in a rugby match spent 6 months recuperating in a caravan overlooking the sea at Lahinch, Co. Clare. He became a fluent Irish speaker as he had to converse in Irish with the fishermens’ wives who sold fish in Lahinch and Liscannor. He became friendly with several Mac Lysaght families whose ancestors had been driven from their homes in Limerick and Cork into North Clare.

This bird’s eye view of history concurred with his own idea of English occupation of Ireland, a subject he spoke loudly on at English school gatherings and earned him the nickname ‘the wild Irishman’. His father and mother travelled the world on behalf of the Orb and had very little idea of how Edward was progressing. When S R returned in August 1909 he found Edward had done a six month apprenticeship with a farmer in Somerset, and had no intention of returning to full-time study.

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Rugadh Éamonn Mac Giolla Iasachta i Flax Bourton, Sasana ar an 6ú lá de Shamhain 1887. Corcaíoch ab’ea a athair S. R. Lysaght ó Choll Choill in aice le Dún ar Aill, Mala in iarthar Chorcaí. Bhí sé ina stiurthóir ar The Orb, comhlacht iarainn a bhí bunaithe ag a uncail i mBristol. B’as Lincolnshire dá mháthair Katherine Clarke, ar tháinig a muintir ó Uí bhFailí na blianta roimhe sin.

Cuireadh é go dtí Nash House, bunscoil in aice le Bristol ar feadh roinnt blian agus ina dhiaidh sin cuireadh ar scoil é go Coláiste Rugby agus ina dhiaidh sin arís cuireadh go Coláiste Corpus Christi in Oxford mar a rinne sé staidéar ar an dlí. Níor fhan sé ach dhá théarma in Oxford é mar ghortaigh sé a chos ag imirt rugby agus chaith sé sé mhí ina chónaí i gcearabhán i Leacht Uí Chonchúir, é ag foghlaim Gaeilge, ag imirt ghailf, mar bhí a athair ina chaptaen ar an gClub ansin agus ag cur aithne ar theaghlaigh de mhuintir Mhic Giolla Iasachta, a bhí ina ngaolta aige.

Ba mhór an bá a bhí aige le h-Éirinn agus le muintir Chontae an Chlair go háirithe, toisc gur chreid sé gur shíolraigh a shinsir ó na Brianaigh nó gur ruaig Cromail iad as a dtailte agus a d’fhág bocht iad.

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