Many years of hard work of Ann Caraway Ivins, a long-time Friend of the Center, has come to fruition in the publication of Dick Dowling: Galway’s Hero of Confederate Texas through Irish author Tim Collins. Collins presents aspects of the book focusing on Dowling’s early days in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland, how he found his way from Galway to Texas, and his contributions in Texas and particularly Houston.
Collins follows Dowling’s journey from famine stricken Galway to New Orleans and his rise from penniless immigrant to successful businessman against all the odds, while still in his teens. His arrival in Houston in the late 1850s and his marriage to the daughter of Irish immigrants, at a time when the city was booming, meant that life for the young Dowling looked promising. Yet, with secession came war, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Speaker: Tim Collins
Date: September 9, 2013
Location: Ahern Room, Crooker Center
Length: 64 mins