Charles J Kickham

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Charles Joseph Kickham (9 May 1828 – 22 August 1882) was an Irish revolutionary, novelist, poet, journalist and a prominent member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He was sentenced to fourteen years penal servitude on 11 November 1865, but was released under partial amnesty of March 1869, because of ill-health.

He was born at Mullinahone, County Tipperary where his father John Kickham was proprietor of a local drapery shop. When he was 13, an accidental explosion left him partially deaf and almost blind. Kickham began contributing poems to the Young Irelanders newspaper 'The Nation' when he was 22 year old.

He was the author of three well-known Irish stories, Knocknagow, Sally Cavanagh and For the Old Land, but his best known song is Slievenamon.