Louth Cleric Nicholas Callan: Pioneer in Electro-Magnetism

If you should someday find yourself in County Louth, Ireland, and if you have some time on your hands, it would be worthwhile if you visited the small village of Darver and the historic Darver Castle. The village is part of the Darver and Dromiskin parish, Dromiskin being a neighboring village. The parish is bounded by the Fane River on the north and by the Glyde River on the south and off to the east lies Dundalk Bay.

With rolling hills and open, pastoral expanses of arable land, this was the place where a wide eyed, inquisitive young man started out on his notable journey through life, a journey which would bring him to the pinnacle of worldwide renown. This young man’s story has its roots, firmly embedded in a dark, brutal period of Ireland’s tortured history.

After the second Norman Invasion of Ireland in 1171, led personally by Henry II, King of England, much of the land was divided and bequeathed to many individuals who enjoyed the King’s favor at that time. Among those favored was a man named Patrick Babe who was granted 500 acres as a gift for his tireless efforts in helping to subdue the local population.

Babe erected a fortified tower and enclosure, probably wooden, on a piece of high ground at Darver and settled in comfortably, on his new estate. The name Darver is derived from the Gaelic word ‘Dairbhe.’ meaning ‘Oakwood.” Later, in 1432 a stone built castle and round tower were erected replacing the original wooden structure.

Father Nicholas Joseph Callan (1799–1864) was an Irish priest and scientist from Darver, County Louth, Ireland. He was Professor of Natural Philosophy in Maynooth College near Dublin from 1834, and is best known for his work on the induction coil and batteries.

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Tags: Engineering, History, Inventors, Irieland, Irish, Science

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Comment by That's Just How It Was on October 24, 2015 at 12:05pm

I love the way in which you give the background to the article ,and then follow through with the  webb page . Its the art of  the professional !



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