The 8th McGlinchey Summer School

~ Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th June 2005 ~

''The Waters Around Us (Uisce:
Beatha agus Sláinte)

All events will be held in St. Bridget's Youth Club, Clonmany (unless otherwise stated).

Thursday 23rd June

8.00pm - Patrick Kavanagh Memorial Lecture by Frank McGuinness, playwright. ‘An Inishowen Writer’ followed by

9.00pm - Opening of Art Exhibition.

9.30pm - Concert featuring Kevin Doherty with Gerry O’Connor. Admission: €10 to talk and concert.


Friday 24th June

10.00am ‘Treasures beneath the Waves.’ Don McGlinchey, President of the Irish Underwater Council.

11.30am‘Watching over the Waters for Centuries: Malin Head and the Wireless Station’: Norman Fullam, Irish Coastguard.

1.30pm Field Trip from Clonmany to Malin Head, visiting Malin Radio, Lloyds Signal Station and the Met Station, where there will be a talk on Inishowen weather by Paddy Delaney, followed by stories from Ali Farren and others. Limited tickets (€10) for the field trip will be available before Norman Fullam’s presentation.

7.30pm Opening of the Exhibition Centre by Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, T.D., Minister for the Marine.

7.45pm ‘The Future for Donegal Fishing?’ with Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Anne Murray, Killybegs Correspondent for the ‘Marine Times’.

9. 30pm Launch of ‘It’s Us They’re Talking About (Vol. 7): Proceedings of the 7th McGlinchey Summer School’ by Brian Mullan, singer and broadcaster, Derry followed by: Concert of Traditional songs and Music with Luke Cheevers, Grace Toland, Brian Porter, Derek Williamson and the music of Seamus (Paul) Grant, Mick Deneiffe, Roisin Harrigan and John McGrory. Admission €10.

Saturday 25th June

8.00am McGlinchey Summer School Golf Classic at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

11.00am ‘Waters from Inishtrahull to Siberia: stories of modern maritime exploration’ Paddy Barry, leader of "Northabout" expedition.

12.30pm ‘From Shallow Wells to Fullerton Pollan Dam. How they brought the domestic water to Inishowen’. Peadar McRory, Senior Engineer, Donegal County Council.

2.30pm – Field Trip to river and sea shore with sea activities demonstration. Leaving from Community Resource Centre.

4.00pm – Demonstration by Irish Coastguard Service of sea rescue. (Location to be confirmed).

9.00pm ‘The Henry Girls’ and Finbarr Doherty in concert in The Ballyliffin Hotel. Admission €10.

9.00pm – Presentation of prizes and music in Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Sunday 26th June

2.00pm ‘220 Million Acres Under the Sea’ - The Marine Institute, Dr. John Joyce.

3.00pm - ‘The Boat-building Tradition in Inishowen’: Phillip Mc Donald, Greencastle (this talk will be held in the Exhibition Centre).

3.45pm‘The Waters beyond Us’ – Patsy Toland, Self Help. Water shortage in the Third World.

7.30pm‘Stories and Music of the Sea’ – A Big Night in Doagh Famine Village with Helen Meehan, Frank Nugent, Mary Murphy, Grace Toland and others. Featuring vocal group, The Loose Cannons. Admission €10 – limited seating strictly ticket only, available over the weekend from The Community Resource Centre at the McGlinchey Summer School desk.


Exhibition and Demonstration Centre

• Seafood Marketing (Northern Ireland Seafood and Bord Iascaigh Mhara) - cookery demonstrations Friday and Saturday from 12.00 noon
• True North Sub Aqua Club – Diving equipment and safety techniques. Demonstrations all weekend
• ‘Last of The Name’ exhibition of Patrick Kavanagh’s original manuscript and the life of Charlie McGlinchey
• Marine Institute exhibition
• ‘Africa Framed’ – Self Help photographic exhibition on water in Africa
• Gartan Outdoor Education display of seakayaking and other water sports
• Book display of Maritime and Antiquarian books - Michael Herron bookshop, Carndonagh.
• McDonalds Boat-builders exhibit – the rigged Drontheim ‘Kitty’
• Greencastle Maritime Museum
• Traditional Crafts, including crafts associated with the Sea
• Exhibition on the "Land and Water" columns by O.S. of The Irish Press
• ‘Tales from the Seven Seas’ an exhibition by Annesley Malley

McGlinchey Summer School Art Exhibition
Artists/Photographers whose work will be displayed
• Colette Herron
• Josephine Kelly
• Marty Kelly
• Sharon McDaid
• John Quigley
• Martin Toland
• Ben Elves (Photography)
• Fionnuala Walsh and others

All events will be held in Clonmany Youth and Community Resource Centre (unless otherwise stated).

Admission to the following events is €10: Opening Lecture and Concert; The Henry Girls and Friends; Traditional Concert; 'Big Night' in Doagh Famine Village; Malin Head Field Trip.

Admission is free to the following: all talks other than Opening Lecture; Exhibition and Demonstration Centre; Art Exhibition. Exhibitions are open from 12.00pm Friday until 6.00pm Sunday.

For further information:
telephone. 086 1722978 or 087 2849244 or
074 937 6110
For information on local accommodation, please phone 074 937 4933


Biographical Notes

Frank McGuinness is a world-renowned playwright with many successful plays from "The Factory Girls" and "The Bread Man" to his recent version of "A Doll’s House" at the Abbey Theatre. A Buncrana man whose mother Celine O’Donnell was from Maginn Avenue and father Packie McGuinness from Swilly Terrace, Frank now lives in Dublin and lectures in English in University College Dublin.

Kevin Doherty, also from Buncrana, is a singer/songwriter with a number of successful recordings to his name including ‘Sweetwater’ and ‘Strange Weather’. Like the writings of Frank McGuinness, Kevin’s songs are rooted in Inishowen. "The Songs
seem effortless, Doherty’s singing relaxed and assured…There is a lovely hazy old fashioned gentleness to this second album." Joe Breen, Irish Times.

Gerry O’Connor performs with Kevin. Both are former members of the very successful group ‘Four Men and a Dog’. Gerry is an innovative banjo and fiddle player with a successful recording and performance career in the traditional music world. His latest release is ‘No Place Like Home’.

Paddy Barry, engineer and polar adventurer. Leader of the current "Northabout" Arctic polar circumnavigation and previously joint leader of the expedition, which replicated the famous Shackleton/Crean survival voyage in Antarctic, waters in 1916.

Norman Fullam, Manager of Voluntary Services and Training at the Irish Coast Guard in Dublin, and previously officer-in-charge, Malin Head Radio.

Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher T.D. for Donegal South West and Marine Minister at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

Don McGlinchey, President Irish Underwater Council has been diving since 1980 in Irish waters and beyond. His favourite dive is the S.S. Laurentic off Dunaff Head.

Dr. John Joyce, Communications Manager of The Marine Institute, is a marine biologist by training. He is author of the "Captain Cockle" series of children’s books.

Frank Nugent, has participated in Artic and Antarctic voyages as well as mountaineering expeditions including the first Irish ascent of Everest 1993. Author of Seek the Frozen Lands – Irish Polar Explorers 1740-1922.

Anne Murray, Features Editor and Killybegs Correspondent for the Marine Times.
Peadar Mac Rory is from Letterkenny. He supervised construction of West and East Inishowen Regional Water Supply Schemes in the mid 1980s. He has also held posts in Uganda and Ethiopia. Currently responsible for water and environmental services throughout County Donegal.

Helen Meehan, retired schoolteacher from Mountcharles, Co. Donegal. Interested in folklore and genealogy and a regular contributor to Béaloideas and Donegal Historical Society’s Journal.

Mary Murphy, actress and broadcaster, Derry.

Patsy Toland, born in Buncrana and raised in Clonmany, Patsy has spent over 25 years teaching. He now works full time with Self Help Development, an African Aid agency who specialize in long-term sustainable rural development. In his work Patsy has visited
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Malawi.

Luke Cheevers is from Ringsend, Dublin, by profession a transparent wall maintenance engineer (window cleaner!). Luke was one of the founding members of the Goilin Singers Club in Dublin. He is very happy to be in Clonmany again and delighted to share some Dublin songs and wit with all and sundry.

Derek Williamson is from Glasgow and now lives in SW Donegal. A favourite at previous events, Derek will perform with Grace Toland on Friday night.

Brian Porter is a local singer who has performed the ‘pub’ circuit extensively. With many local songs he will be a great addition to the Traditional concert on Friday night.
Grace Toland. Now living in Co.Wicklow, Grace's repertoire and singing style has firm roots in Clonmany and the songs of the area. Along with her husband Brian Doyle, she is immersed in the singing events in Clonmany, Dublin and at many international folk/singing festivals.

Paddy Delaney is a native of Tipperary Town, and has been in Malin Head for 35 years. He is Station Manager of the Synoptic Weather facility there.

Ali Farren is from Slievebawn, Malin Head. His antecedents gathered weather data before the Met Station was built in 1955.

Philip McDonald is a member of the well-known boat building family from Greencastle. Currently (with his brother and cousin), he maintains the boatbuilding traditions of the McDonald family who emigrated from Scotland in 1750.


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