McGlinchey Summer School 2000

Biographical Notes

Matthew Sweeney
is originally from Ballyliffin but now based in London. He is one of the foremost poets of these islands. His latest volume of poetry "The Smell of Fish" was published recently.

Ciarán Devlin is parish priest of Gortin, County Tyrone. A historian, he is the author of numerous articles and co-editor of two books ­ "The Clergy of the Diocese of Derry: An Index" and "History of the Dioceses of Derry".

Kathleen McWilliams is a native of Clonmany and is now married in Coleraine. A graduate of UCD, she pursued post graduate studies at the University of Ulster, Coleraine and has a life long interest in the history of her local area.

Eunan O'Donnell is an Ardara man with a Masters Degree in History. He has made a study of the Columban sites in Donegal and has published articles and a booklet on this topic. He is currently a radio presenter in Dublin.

David Bigger is a retired civil servant now living in Derry and interested in local history. He is co-author of the book "In Sunshine or in Shadow" a compilation of pictures from the Derry Standard 1928-1939.

Conall Byrne collected folklore for the Folklore Commission and in doing so interviewed McGlinchey before embarking on a teaching career. He is now retired in his native Malin.

Breandán MacSuibhne grew up in Sligo but with strong Donegal roots. He has a PhD from Mellon University, Pittsburgh and lectures in history in Notre Dame University, Indiana. He is currently working on the memoirs of Hugh Dorrian, a Fanad man, for publication later in the year.

Liz Doherty, a native of Buncrana, learned the fiddle from Dinny McLaughlin. A lecturer in the Music Department, University College Cork, she formed the group Fiddlesticks and has also played with Nomos and the Bumblebees. Her solo CD "Last Orders" was released recently.

Dinny McLaughlin from Seandroim (hence the name of the new group) has been promoting music and Irish dancing in Inishowen for years. Tommy Byrne and Michael Gallinagh are the other members of Shandrom.


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