McGlinchey Summer School 2000


Friday 23rd June

7.30 pm Official Opening by Cecilia Keavney T.D.

8.00 pm "Monuments to a Tenacious Faith":

"Erection of Churches in Donegal and Derry from 1750 to 1829."

Breandán Mac Suibhne

As the Penal Laws in Ireland became less severe leading up to Catholic Emancipation, many communities made great sacrifices to build churches that reflected their strong faith.

10.00 pm Inishowen Singers in McFeeley's Bar

Unique rendering of the great ballads by local singers in a pub setting with fear an tí, Jimmy McBride.


Saturday 24th June

10.00 am Did Colmcillle's circuit bring him to Inishowen?

Eunan O'Donnell Archaeological and architectural evidence combined with hagiographical material and folk memory provide the basis for the story of Colmcille in his circuit of Donegal, Derry and places beyond.

10.45 am Erenaghs and Rome Runners:

"Aspects of the Church in Medieval Inishowen "

Fr. Ciarán Devlin

Many local families played a prominent role in the organisation of the medieval church - MacLochlainn, Ó Dochartaigh, Morrison, Bradley and Gubbin. Roman taxation records from the 15th and 16th centuries give names of clerics and show how parishes were structured.

11.45 am Tea/Coffee

12.00 pm Our Common Heritage: St. Columba's Church, Straid.

Kathleen McWilliams

Landlord and tenant, planter and Gael rest side by side in this hallowed ground and their social history goes far beyond the bounds of Inishowen.

3.00 pm Field Trip to the Old Church

With a stop at Dresden, the site of the rectory, and a visit to the Glen House, home of the Doherty landlords, the last patrons of the church.

7.30 pm Poetry Reading by Matthew Sweeney

Poems inspired by places, people and events from a childhood in Ballyliffin and his travels since.

9.00 pm Concert of Traditional Irish

Music Liz Doherty and Friends Also the folk group Shandrom Adm. £5.00: OAPs/Students £2.00

Sunday 25th June

2.15 pm Aspects of the History of Clonmany Parish

Conall Byrne

Historian and Folklorist Reference will be made to the Clonmany-born philosopher John Toland 1670 ­ 1722, one of the great minds of his time.

3.00 pm Slide Show: Pictures of Urris 1948 - 1958

David Bigger

From the collection of Ludwig Schenkel, an Austrian Jew who settled in Derry after the war, rented a cottage near Clonmany and took many pictures in the area.

4.00 pm Field Trip to Colmcille's Well at Binnion (on foot only)..

9.00 pm Céilí and Old Tyme Dance in Parochial Hall.

Adm. £5.00: OAPs/Students £2.00


Exhibition Centre

  • Local Clubs and organisations tell their stories in words and pictures
  • Timeline of the last 100 years
  • Placenames workshop
  • Books of local interest
  • Exhibit of Farm Implements
  • Milestones of our spiritual history represented in dramatic form by the schoolchildren of the parish.

Art Exhibition

The work of local artists will feature in this 2000 exhibition. Artists whose work will be displayed include Fionnuala Walsh, John Quigley, Martin Toland, Colette Heron, Sharon McDaid and others.

McGlinchey Junior School

Matthew Sweeney will visit the local schools to talk to the children about poetry and read some of his work.

Sponsors of the McGlinchey Summer School

We wish to express our deep gratitude to individuals and businesses who, through their generous donations, have become sponsors of the McGlinchey Summer School and have made the venture possible. A full list of the names will be displayed during the Summer School.

Seisiuin in local pubs during the weekend.


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