Born in Dublin in 1765, Thomas ‘Buck’ Whaley was heir to a huge fortune and estates, but also notorious for his scatter-brained schemes and disastrous gambling losses. Most famously, he bet that he would travel to Jerusalem and back within a year. With £15,000 (several million in today’s money) at stake, Whaley set out and in the course of his travels encountered storms, pirates, the plague, bandits and an infamous Ottoman governor known as “the Butcher”. In this talk David Ryan reveals the story of one of Dublin history’s most colourful characters.
This event is booked out but will be repeated on the 7th October at 6.30 pm in Raheny Library.