George was a member of a well-known family from Fair Street, Mallow – well respected and industrious. He was, however, at heart a Showman. He and his fiancée eloped and decided to leave Mallow and throw their lot in with this travelling group.
At the same time, a hard-bitten frontiersman called William Cody was considering a change of career. Having fought Indians, mined for gold, driven cattle and chased down bandits and outlaws he changed his name to “Buffalo Bill” Cody and took a spectacular horse show on the road.
By this time he was known as The Amazing Doctor Powell presenting Magic, Juggling and Horse skills. He became a valued member of the troupe and was selected to join Buffalo Bill on his much-heralded first tour of Europe. In 1887 George and the company arrived in London where they went into rehearsal for their opening production to be attended by Queen Victoria as part of her Golden Jubilee. George/Dr. Powell took the opportunity to make a quick visit home to Mallow. He never went back.
Edward and Mona continued to run the circus with Dr Powell until he retired.
Teddy & Herta’s Children, Edward, Robert, Marion, Angela, and Mona. Marion continues to tour with the show and is Ireland’s most famous Ringmistress. Angela is married to Europe’s greatest clown Fumagalli. Mona is married in France to Alain Santus. Their mother, Herta, still tours with the circus and plays an important part in the day-to-day running of the show.
In Recent Years
In 2003 circus was proclaimed an art form by the then Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O’ Donoghue. This followed extensive lobbying by the Fossett family that was started by Teddy Fossett in 1973. Viewed by the circus community throughout Europe as a major achievement, it is merely the cornerstone of a plan designed to bring circus in Ireland to a position comparable with that held in the rest of Europe.
Just before leaving office in 2007 John O’ Donoghue visited Fossett’s, the first Arts Minister ever to visit an Irish Circus, and thanked them on behalf of the Irish people and acknowledged the family’s enormous contribution to Irish life since they began touring in 1875 remarking that Fossett’s were, and are, theatre of the people.
and we fully expect to join the circus when they finish school.
As the show heads towards it’s 130th anniversary tour the future of Fossett’s, Ireland’s National Circus, is looking
bright and we look forward to bringing the magical world of Fossett’s to every town and city in Ireland.
FOSSETT’S …. EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!