PRESS RELEASE – CHARLES MACKLIN AUTUMN SCHOOL 2014, CULDAFF, CO
DONEGAL Friday 10 to Sunday 12 October 2014
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MACKLIN ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The village of Culdaff is preparing to celebrate the 25th Charles Macklin Autumn School, first opened in 1990 by Brian Friel. With the Wild Atlantic Way as a backdrop, Culdaff will host a guided walk, lectures, music, storytelling, an art exhibition, and a book launch with the introduction of pub theatre for the first time presented by Bocan Drama Group. The week-end opens in McGrorys on Friday 10 October at 7 .30 pm when Donegal Arts Officer Traolach O Fionnain will perform the opening ceremony, which will be followed by a reception and traditional music. Brian Friel remains patron of the School.
A full programme is available on Saturday starting with a guided walk with Dessie McCallion. Sinead Smyth, Melito Denaro and Jayne Bullock will host an art exhibition to be followed at lunchtime by a talk by Sean Beattie and Neil McGrory on the exciting developments at Inishowen’s ring-fort monastic sites. In the afternoon, Clonmay man, Des Kavanagh will recall his long friendship with Seamus Heaney and the evening will be topped off with a night of music and song with the Henry Girls before they embark on their German tour.
Exhibitions continue of Sunday and will include a sale of new and antiquarian books. Storytelling runs throughout the weekend in the bars. Nollaig McCongaile, who has been Professor Modern Irish at NUI Galway and also Vice-President, will deliver a lecture on Roger Casement and the Irish language. Casement spent time studying Irish in Clonmany. Local poet, Deirdre Devine, will launch her new collection of poetry to bring the weekend to a close. To celebrate the last 25 years there will be an exhibition of photos and memorabilia on display. For full details of times etc., see local posters or charlesmacklin.ie.