It's Us They're Tallking About 1999


Charles McGlinchey was born in Meentiagh Glen in the parish of Clonmany in 1861 and lived there until 1954. A weaver by trade, he spent almost all his long life in his native place.


Patrick Kavanagh, principal of Gaddyduff National School, Clonmany, who had spent his childhood as a neighbour, realised the importance of what he had to say and chronicled his memoirs over many years.


Brian Friel subsequently edited the manuscript and it was published in book form as "The Last of the Name" and has been recently been published in French as "Le Dernier du Nom".

Against this backdrop the first McGlinchey Summer School was held in Clonmany in June 1998. The Focus of the first Summer School was the 1938 folklore collection.


Proceedings from the McGlinchey Summer School 1999 and stories from local people.

The Diversity of the Inishowen Heritage

Issue 2

Edited by Margaret Farren and Mary Harkin

"Most nights the time was passed listening to the old people telling stories about Fionn MacCumhaill and Oisín and the Fianna, and Cuchulainn and Conor and Fergus, and stories of giants and witches and faries and what-not. Some of these stories were so long that they wouldn't be finished at bedtime, so the old man would carry on the next night where he left off."
Charles McGlinchey  


Mary Harkin
Opening Speech
James Sharkey
It's Us They're Talking About: Introduction & John and May Doherty
Margaret Farren
Thoughts of Yesteryears
Master McGlynn
Clonmany: A Rich Natural Heritage
John Conaghan
The Linguistic Heritage of Inishowen
Cathal Doherty

It's Us They're Talking About: Charlie Owen
Margaret Farren
Folklore: A Veterinary Perspective
Michael Doherty
Tribute to Nelius Friel (1889 -1976)
Brother Tom Connolly
Placenames of Dunaff
Rosemarie Doherty

It's Us They're Talking About: Cassie and Sarah Frances Quigley
Margaret Farren
How I Traced my Clonmany Ancestors
Godfrey Duffy
Changed Times
Cathal Póirtéir
It's Us They're Talking About: Paddy Reilly
Margaret Farren

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