Opening Speeches
Marius Harkin and Desmond Kavanagh

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Marius Harkin

A mhuintir Cluain Maine, a mhuintir Inis Eoin agus a dhaoine uaisle a tháinig isteach ó áiteanna eile, tá fáilte romhaibh go léir chuig Scoil Shamhraidh Mhic Loinsigh anseo i gCluain Maine.

Another summer school - school in summer -when most of us teachers and scholars couldn't wait for the holidays to get away from the classroom. But the summer school idea of scoil éigse to give it its more accurate Irish term is simply taking time out from the busy world to explore together this place, its landscape, its history , its folklore and its culture and to invite guest speakers among us to enlighten us about these topics.

Other places have their summer schools, Glenties has the McGill Summer School after its famous son Patrick McGill, Sligo has the Yeats Summer School, Clare has the Merriman Summer School, so we here in Clonmany have called our summer school after Charlie McGlinchey who lived among these lofty hills for ninety odd years and is buried in the graveyard among our own. The parish of Clonmany was the loom where the work of his life was crossed by the weft of Master Kavanagh's promptings to produce a beautiful web of cloth which was fashioned for a wider public by Brian Friel.

The Last of the Name is a little classic which has been read and reread and enjoyed by us all. We here in Clonmany owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Patrick Kavanagh for having had the foresight and inspiration to have seen the significance of the recollections o f Charlie McGlinchey -his memories stretching back to the early 1800's. Master Kavanagh spent countless hours recording by hand McGlinchey's memories. You will appreciate the painstaking effort involved when you see the original manuscript on display in the exhibition centre downstairs. So in honour of Patrick Kavanagh's memory , it is a privilege for us here to welcome his son Desmond to officially declare open the McGlinchey summer school




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