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The Mysterious Marcus Costello

Start Date: 19 January 2018

End Date: 19 January 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Ranfurly House

Address: Dungannon

Admission: £3

Telephone: 028 8772 8600

Website: https://dungannon.ticketsolve.com/shows/873578815

Nothing about Marcus Costello was 'straight'. 

Born Mark Cushily in The Loup, Moneymore, he was raised a Catholic, educated by local Rector Rev Isaac Ashe, registered in Trinity College as a Protestant, he graduated and was called to the Irish Bar as 'Marcus Costello'.

The law seems to have been a minor interest to him. His aim was to succeed as an elected politician, and the way to success was through 'agitation'. With Daniel O'Connell as his mentor the thirty-one-year-old Counsellor Costello undertook a "Mission to the North". With the aim of converting the Orangemen to join the movement to repeal the Act of Union, Costello addressed public meetings in Cookstown, Dungannon, Armagh and Belfast - with notable lack of success. Indeed, he was lucky to escape with his life.

A spell in Kilmainham Jail (for anti-tithe agitation) probably did his career no get harm with the Irish Catholic tenantry. Almost predictably, his relationship with O'Connell turned sour. He was too obviously a 'young man in a hurry', perhaps?

In this illustrated talk, Aidan Fee will reveal the strange world of the young man from The Loup whose career took him The Rock - but not in County Tyrone!