The 8th McGlinchey
The theme for this year’s summer school reflects the importance of the sea and the waters around us in the lives of people in the past and today. We are honoured to have Frank McGuinness, playwright and writer to open the proceedings on Thursday night 23rd June. Our programme will reflect the rich folklore surrounding the theme but will also acknowledge the economic importance of a water supply from inland waters and the economy of the sea.
This years exhibition will be one the most varied and interesting yet with contributions from local museums, the fishing industry, 3rd World ‘Water’ projects and of course our artists exhibition which has always drawn inspiration from the seas around us.
Particular emphasis will be derive from the rich association that Malin Head has with the sea through the Meteorological and Radio services and of course the rescue services. Exploration by sea will be featured as will the history of those many people who left the country over the years by boat.
With lectures, workshops, field trips, concerts, exhibitions and demonstrations, this years Summer School will be one of the most enjoyable so far. Following the success in 2004, despite tough weather conditions, our Golf Classic will take place again this year and we hope many of you will support the McGlinchey Summer School through participation at Ballyliffen Golf Club.
Opening talk :
An Inishowen Writer
Watching over the waters for centuries
What future for Donegal fishing?
Waters from Inishtrahull to Siberia
Treasures beneath the waves
From shallow wells to Fullerton Pollan Dam
The waters beyond us
Field Trips to Binnion Strand and Malin Head (including the Met. Station with Paddy Delany)
Art Exhibition and major Maritime
Exhibition including Marine Institute, Diving equipment, McDonalds
Charles McGlinchey is our foremost source of local history. A weaver by trade, he was born in Meentiagh Glen in the parish of Clonmany in 1861 and lived most of his long life in his native place.
Patrick Kavanagh, principal of Gaddyduff National School, Clonmany, who had spent his childhood as McGlinchey’s neighbour, realised the importance of what he had to say and chronicled his recollections over many years.
Brian Friel, the playwright, subsequently edited the manuscript. Since it was published in 1986, The Last of the Name has become a classic. It is also available in French as Le Dernier du Nom. Last year an Irish edition of McGlinchey’s story, An Fear Deireanach den tSloinneadh (Arlen House), was launched.
Charles McGlinchey was the direct inspiration of our Summer School set up in 1998 to explore the history and traditions of Inishowen and the North West. By this means we hoped to generate a greater awareness of our rich heritage and pass on the spirit of historical discovery to a new generation.
For further information, please phone 086 1722978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit our website at http://www.clonmany.com/mcglinchey.
For information about accommodation please contact Inishowen Tourism on 07493 74933/74934.