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Vol. 1 No. 2 March/Márta, 2002

McGlinchey Summer School Newsletter


1. Introduction
2. Lecture Outline of the 2002 Summer School : 5th - 7th July 2002
3. International Connection : Clonmany Association of Greater Boston 1911


1. Introduction

Welcome to the 2nd newsletter of the McGlinchey Summer School. The aim of this newsletter is to provide the online community with the latest information on the McGlinchey Summer School in addition to publishing archived historical data acquired by the McGlinchey Summer School.


2. Lecture Outline of the 2002 Summer School

The 5th McGlinchey Summer School, with the theme of 'Borders, Boundaries and Divisions', will be held this year on the weekend of the 5th - 7th July 2002.

Seamas Heaney, the Nobel Poet Laureate from Co. Derry, will deliver the opening talk, entitled 'Who owned that half a rood?' on Friday evening. Later that same evening, he will be joined by folk singer Tommy Sands from Co. Down, in an evening of poetry and music.

The lecture programme on Saturday and Sunday will develop the theme of Borders, Boundaries and Divisions, especially in the North West during World War 11. The Derry historian, Richard Doherty, author of many books on the subject, will talk on World War 11 in Derry and Inishowen. Eunan O'Hailpin, Professor of History T.C.D. will discuss British Propaganda against Ireland during World War 11.

Lough Swilly with its Forts at Dunree and Leenan played an important part in the naval battles fought in the Atlantic and this will be explored by Col. Brian O'Reilly, who is no stranger to Inishowen.

Other speakers will talk on smuggling, turf-cutting and social life in the North West during the Emergency. A full slate of evening entertainment is also planned-a Saturday night concert with local and visiting musicians and singers, a one man show on the Irish Navvy, performed by Ultan Cowley, author of the recently published 'The Irish in Britian'.

The Exhibition Centre, which has been such a popular feature of the Summer School, will again house art by local artists, photographs, farming equipment and other memorabilia from the 1940s.

The Field Trips this year will bring people on a visit to McGlinchey's home in Minaduff and a trip to the War Museum at Dunree is also planned calling at Leenan Fort on the way home.

The committee are working hard to maintain the high standards of talks and the quality of entertainment that is expected now at this popular Local History Summer School.

Outline Lecture Programme

Friday Evening

Opening Lecture
"Who Owned that Half Rood"?
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney

"Poetry And Music"
Poetry Reading And Folk Songs With Seamus Heaney and Tommy Sands

Saturday Morning

Women in 20th Century Ireland
Dr. Myrtle Hill, Q.U.B.,

"A Home Fit For Hitler"
British Black Propaganda Against Ireland During World War II
Prof. O'Hailpin, T.C.D.,

Lough Swilly and its Forts Dunree & Leenan
Col. Brian O'Reilly

Saturday Evening

Launch of Irish Language version of the "Last of the Name"

Concert of Traditional Music and Song

Sunday Afternoon

Reflections on Inishowen and the North West during World War II
Mr. Richard Doherty, Historian and Author,

Derry. "Smuggling Then And Now"
Customs & Excise
Mr. Pat McNally

"The Emergency Turf Campaign"
Mr. Paddy Doherty, B.E., Stranorlar.

Sunday Evening

"On The Shovel"
The Story Of The Irish Navvy
A One Man Show By Ultan Cowley



3. International Connection

Clonmany Association of Greater Boston 1911


This Clonmany Association of Greater Boston was formed in Roughan Hall, Charlestown, on the evening of November 13, 1910, to raise funds to aid the rebuilding of the Clonmany Chapel.

A Booklet was assembled in commemoration of such, in conjunction with the association's First Reunion and Ball.

The booklet includes contributions from Father Maguire, the Association and advertisers is now available online at

Clonmany Association of Greater Boston 1911

The booklet contents is as follows:

  Opening Acknowledgments
  Officers and Collectors
  Rev. James O'Doherty Photo
  Clonmany Chapel 1911 Photo
  Acknowledgment and Greeting From Father Maguire
  James D.Doherty Association Chairman
  Rev.Daniel O'Doherty, Edward G. Doherty, Charles G. Doherty Photos
  History of the Parish Part 1
  Michael Doherty and Advertisements
  History of the Parish Part 2
  Edward Canney, Charles O'Donnell, Michael O'Connell Photos
  History of the Parish Part 3
  History of the Parish Part 4
  History of the Parish Part 5 and Advertisement

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