25th, 26th, 27th June 1999 Summer School Schedule

This new Summer School is named after Charles Mc Glinchey, weaver and storyteller from the area whose memoirs were chronicled by local schoolmaster Patrick Kavanagh . These manuscripts were later edited by Brian Friel, and published in bookform as ‘The Last of the Name’.

The theme this year of the 2nd Annual Summer School will be "The Diversity of Inishowen Heritage, and on looking through the programme, one certainly finds plenty of diversity.

The opening "Patrick H. Kavanagh Memorial Lecture" called after the local schoolteacher who transcribed the memoirs of the weaver Charles McGlinchey under the title "The Last of the Name", will be given by Prof David Dickson of T.C.D. Prof. Dickson has strong associations with the Inishowen area and will discuss "The Last of the Name" and compare it with other classic Donegal memoirs. Another academic originally from the peninsula is Dr. Cathal Doherty of U.C.D. Linguistics Dept. Cathal will examine the very particular brand of English spoken in Inishowen and explore the uniqueness of this dialect. Cathal Poírteír of R.T.E. and Derry, author of many works of social history and folklore, will discuss the general implications of folklore for geographical and historical studies.

So far, we've got memoirs, linguistics and history, but since diversity is the theme, there's much more. The physical landscape and veterinary folklore of the area will be discussed by Dr. John Conaghan, a native of Urris and Dr. Michael Doherty, respectively. John, a consultant ecologist, will explore with his audience the natural history and wildlife of his native place, and will later join local teacher Mary McGeoghegan on an ecological field trip of the very interesting Isle of Doagh area. Michael, a Derryman with Inishowen roots, who began his career with vet Jim McCarroll of Carndonagh, and now lectures in veterinary medicine in U.C.D., will talk about old animal cures, cow doctors and the general topic of veterinary folklore. Music will, of course, feature strongly during the weekend. The renowned Belfast folklorist and film maker David Hammond will give a talk originally broadcast on the B.B.C., about the Doherty brothers, the fiddle-playing travelling tinsmiths from S.W. Donegal. David will illustrate his talk with recordings of their music and will later join local musicians including Seamas Grant and Dinny McLaughlin, for what should be a lively session in the Strand Hotel, Ballyliffin.

There will be plenty of ceol agus craic at other pubs in the village during the weekend.

Some of the features which made the first McGlinchey Summer School so special last year will be repeated. There will be an exhibition of paintings by artists living in the area; a photography exhibition comprising old photos of the Clonmany area and its people, a very comprehensive map exhibition; the original manuscript of "The Last of the Name" will again be on show and there will be an exhibition of local craftwork. Local historian and folklorist Conal Byrne who had his audience spellbound last year, will give another talk this year on local history, and the famed Inishowen Singers will again sing from their wide repertoire of local songs.

On the Saturday night, John Nee's acclaimed one-man play "The Derry Boat", the story of emigration from Donegal to Scotland will take place and the final event of the weekend will be a concert given by the Calgach Singers and dancers from Derry.

The organisers have set out to create a programme of interest to both local people and visitors, and this programme should certainly attract both groups. If you have never been to Donegal or have never been to this particular part of that county, perhaps this could be the ideal opportunity to fill this gap in your experience. You are guaranteed an illuminating and lively weekend in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Inishowen Peninsula.


  Charles McGlinchey
  Patrick Kavanagh
  School Manuscripts
  'Last Of The Name'
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