SPECIAL LUNCH – OCTOBER 14 , 2107 D.U.F.C. v CAMBRIDGE Univ.R.U.F.C. SPEAKER: Charles Lysaght


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Charles Edward Lysaght. – Lawyer, Law Lecturer, Civil Servant, Obituary writer, Debater and Cricketer.

Born to and is still residing on the Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4. Charles is readily recognisable as he walks through this historic suburb decked out in his customary sartorial elegance.
After a sound grounding early in life by The Holy Ghost Fathers and The Jesuits, Charles obtained an excellent honours degree in Law and Economics at University College Dublin in the early nineteen sixties.
He then went up to Christ`s College Cambridge to study for a M.Litt and took with him his renowned debating skills and his cricket bat. Charles was elected President of the Cambridge Union Society (debating) and he played cricket for the Cambridge University Crusaders C.C. The then captain of Cambridge University C.C. was Mike Brearley, later to captain the England Test side. It is rumoured that Charles offered Brearley the opportunity to speak at the Cambridge Union for one game on the varsity cricket side at Fenners.
After obtaining his degree at Cambridge, Charles lectured in law at Kings College London and qualified as a barrister at both King`s Inn (Dublin) and Lincoln`s Fields (London).
Charles is a biographer and he is widely recognised for his excellent work and publication, Brendan Bracken, an Irishman, Churchill`s confidant and Minister for Information in World War Two. Sadly this biography is out of print. Also, Charles is the foremost obituary writer in Ireland and has published extensively on various topics.
Charles is no stranger to this our historic sporting Pavilion (The Pav) at Trinity College Dublin. He has played cricket here many times for both The Leprechauns and Pembroke C.C. The Society of the Knights of the Campanile, the University`s premier sporting society has recently elected Charles as a Member.
He is very much a Cambridge man, the first Chairman of Cambridge Society, Irish Branch and is now Chairman of the Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) Society of Ireland.

VENUE: Pavilion, College Park
TIME: 12.15 for 12.45pm