ISBN 0-9541699-0-5
Laminated, full-colour, art-board cover. Photographs and line-drawings.
B5 size on 90g bond. Sewn sections.

a biography by

The story of a remarkable Irishwoman. Mrs O'Donoghue's life encompassed ninety-seven years - the larger part of the 19th century and over one-third of the 20th. Her parents were of old Anglo-Irish stock from the West of Ireland; her father, Charles Lambert being the son of Walter Peter Lambert of Castle Ellen, Athenry. Her mother, Jane Catherine Irwin, was related to the Phibbs of Sligo and Mayo. Her cousin Isabella was mother to Sir Edward Carson.

Nannie Lambert was born into an upper-middle-class family in Dublin, lived all her life in that city, and died there. She married William Power O'Donoghue, sometime professor of music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Known firstly as an outstanding horsewoman whose advice on riding and hunting was eagerly sought by the lady side-saddle riders of the day. She was the only person (not simply the only woman) to ride Ireland's three most formidable steeplechase courses (side saddle!) without a refusal or a mistake.

This, the only, biography of her includes much of the material from her two books on 'riding for ladies'. She also wrote two volumes of poems and several novels besides being known for her musical ability - she and her husband collaborated in writing an opera. After being forced to give up riding after a serious accident Mrs O'Donoghue became a busy and prolific journalist - no easy accomplishment for a woman in the 1880s!

She wrote for the Irish Times and most of the well-known magazines from 1880 virtually until her death, being best known for her early 20th century humanitarian writings on social issues and animal welfare. The National Library of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin have some of her books as also do the British Library, Cambridge University Library, and the library of Yale University, Connecticut, USA. Copies available only from the publisher:


Cheques or money orders in UK sterling only please. UK & Irish Republic 14. All other 17.

If sold out - copies may be obtained through your local UK public library, Yale University or the American Library of Congress.


"I believe this interesting work will herald a long-deserved recognition of the life and works of such an extraordinary lady as Mrs O'Donoghue".
Justin H. Martin.
Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland.

"The author's sympathy with and love of horses is as evident as that of Mrs O'Donoghue and the book is written in an easy to read style with a certain amount of humour. Mrs O'Donoghue is portrayed as a woman of progressive thinking for her day but concerned more with social deprivation than with the rights of women. This book .... provides an informative background to one of the prominent female journalists writing on the Irish social scene and sporting life in the last two decades of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century."
Brigid Clesham
for the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society.

"It is one of the best books I've ever read. Not perhaps only for her (Mrs O'Donoghue's) views on equitation, but because of the people and activities .... of Dublin ...."
Sylvia Stanier.
Well-known horsewoman in the fields of dressage, hunting and the training of young horses.
Winner of 1965 Ladies' Championship at Dublin Show. 1966 Light-weight Hunter Championship.
1967 Dressage Championship of Ireland and acknowledged expert in the art of long reining.

"I have just finished reading your book for the third time .... only two other books have given me so much pleasure."

"A fascinating story of a most extraordinary and caring woman."

"I very much enjoyed reading about this great horsewoman who was also so talented in other fields."