Sunday 25 February 2018

Focus now turns to upcoming Charleville Festival of History

Fresh from the success of their Golden Vale photographic exhibition, Charleville Heritage Society look forward to the next two weekends when they will hold their annual street collection on this coming Friday and Saturday and then from the 7th to the 10th September their annual Festival of History takes place, during which they will host a visit of a group from their twin heritage society from Croesgoch in Wales.

The latter themed Éigse Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill will be officially opened by Co. Kerry poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice on Thursday 7th September at the Charleville Park Hotel at 8pm. The opening ceremony will be followed by a talk on Seán Clárach, poetry readings by Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Sean Barr O'Suilleabháin and local poets Sr. Bernadette Maria, Fiona Fitzpatrick, Donal O'Flynn, Dave Gormley and Peter Keating, with music by Catherine Horgan and Charlie O'Connell.

The festival continues on Friday with readings by the Charleville Library Writers Group at 11am in the local library followed by a workshop with Cork County Council writer in residence Denyse Woods.

Later there's a gala concert at the Charleville Park Hotel which will be compered by former RTE television presenter Bibi Baskin. It will also feature musician Dermot Lyons, who was a finalist in the TG4 Ceol Tire series; Musica Fusion junior orchestra; Wild Oats, the junior and senior musicians of Craobh an Rath Comhaltas Group; the Cahirmee Singers, Charleville Folk Group, Billy O'Brien, John Murphy and story-teller Jim Barry.

The twinning arrangement between the Croesgoch Heritage Society and the Charleville Heritage Society will be signed during the concert.

Saturday sees a poetry workshop given by poet Noel King of Tralee, Co. Kerry at the Provincial Heritage Centre, a visit to the grave of Sean Clarach at Holy Cross Cemetery, and a reception for the Welsh visitors at the E Centre in Baker's Road.

Later on that evening there is a special performance of 'A Night in November' starring William Lyons of the Shoestring Theatre Group at the Charleville Park Hotel, followed by a ceili.

On Sunday, the last day of the festival, there is Mass in Irish at Holy Cross Church and a walking tour to places of historical interest in Charleville starting at 2.15pm.

The photographic exhibition to mark 70 years of Golden Vale Food Products will again be on display at the Mercy Provincial Heritage Centre at the Convent of Mercy. Up to 200 people viewed the 300 photographs over the weekend and the display will again be on show over the weekend of the Festival of History. The times will be published in the weekend programme, which will be available shortly.


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