Mayor of Dungannon Cllr Kenneth Reid & Michael Fisher

It promises to be an interesting four days in the Clogher Valley in August. The William Carleton Society’s summer school programme was launched at a reception kindly hosted by the Mayor of Dungannon & South Tyrone Cllr Kenneth Reid (who opened last year’s school) at the Council offices in Dungannon. Once again we are please to have booked Corick House Hotel in Clogher as the venue for 2012. The school will be officially opened on Monday 6th August and the keynote address by Professor CORMAC Ó GRÁDA is on the subject of “Carleton & others on famine’s darkest secret”. Dr MELISSA FEGAN (Chester) will speak about Carleton & the famine era. In the afternoon I am due to give a lecture on Carleton’s biographer DJ O’Donoghue, based on my researches at the UCD archive. The afternoon is rounded off on a lighter note with a reflection by County Tyrone native BARRY DEVLIN on life after Horslips. Tuesday’s events will start with a talk by the Society’s Vice-Chair FRANK McHUGH on Carleton’s Australian relatives. JOSEPHINE TREANOR from Knockatallon, Co.Monaghan, who joined us on the walk last year, will talk about her distant relation, Anne Duffy, the miller’s daughter (mentioned by Carleton). The Leitrim poet JOHN F. DEANE will give a reading from his works before lunch. The afternoon session begins with a performance by LAURENCE FOSTER (Dublin) of his one man show on Charles Dickens, who was born 200 years ago. For this year’s literary symposium we have invited CARLO GÉBLER from Fermanagh and MARY GUCKIAN a poet originally from Leitrim who attended the Carleton commemoration in Dublin in January. They will be joined by Monaghan native MARY O’DONNELL, a writer and poet, whose work has appeared in a number of collections. On Wednesday 8th August Dr SOPHIA HILLAN will speak on Jane Austen’s Irish nieces. Professor OWEN DUDLEY EDWARDS, the summer school honorary director, will give us his own unique insights into the work of William Carleton. Committee member LIAM FOLEY has once again adapted one of Carleton’s works for a reading: this year it will be “Phil Purcel the Pig Driver” followed by a discussion. The final act of the summer school will see CHRISTOPHER FITZ-SIMON, a former artistic director at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, reflect on “Carleton on the stage: forgotten popular plays adapted from Traits & Stories”. Thursday 8th will be the day for a tour of the local area led by JACK JOHNSTON, Society President. The theme will be Carleton & his contemporaries, including Archbishop Hughes of New York. There will be a visit to his birthplace beside the border with Co.Monaghan and to Omagh.

Photograph of D.J.O'Donoghue (left) and George Sigerson (right) beside the pond in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, when choosing a site for the Mangan Memorial.

The evening events include: Monday:  Rathmore Bar Clogher Maguire family (traditional music); PJ Kennedy, poet (Belturbet) 9pm. Tuesday: Walk & talk Carleton with the Clogher Valley walking club to Fardross forest  & Music by The Mountain Lark (Tydavnet) & reception at caravan park  8:30pm Wednesday: Concert with Fermanagh Choral Society (conductor Don Swain) at  St Patrick’s church Clogher 8pm. More details at:   www.williamcarletonsummerschool.org

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  1. marie gallagher says:

    please email me details re fee and booking etc for attending talk by barry devlin.
    marie gallagher.

  2. Thanks for your interest Marie. Barry Devlin will be appearing at the William Carleton summer school at 4:15pm on Monday 6th August (opening day) at Corick House hotel, Clogher in County Tyrone (of which he is a native!). Fee for this talk only and including a cup of tea/coffee beforehand will be £8 or 10 Euro. Hope to see you and your husband there as you tell me you are both long-time fans of Barry.

    • Frank Brennan says:

      Michhael, looking to attending the full school. Have recruited one or two more. Always a great gathering.
      Frank Brennan

      • fishbelfast says:

        Look forward to meeting you again. Sorry I did not get a chance to get to the McGahern literary weekend in Co.Leitrim in May.

  3. Michael

    Received your post card. Thank you!
    I will off course be attending the 2012 Carleton Summer School. Particulary Cormac O’Grada’s lecture. I would like to attend other talks but financial considerations may preclude me for attending more than one lecture. Though I read there is a reduction for some people, it is still away above what I can afford. Could you arrange an a more attractive price so that I can enjoy more than one Carleton talk.
    Much obligied for your help
    Malachy McRoe

    • fishbelfast says:

      Concession rate which the Treasurer has the discretion to apply and I will ask him to allow you as a regular is £40 for the day including lunch and dinner; or it can be £13 for the morning two lectures or £12 for the afternoon sessions, excluding meals. We have tried to price the lectures at a rate which makes them affordable, while at the same time allowing us to cover our expenses. The season ticket rate is reduced compared to last year and to take account of the different schedule. The tour led by Jack Johnston on Thursday 9th is £25 including lunch and an afternoon tea stop at the Ulster folk park near Omagh, but with no concessions.

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