Wednesday 17 January 2018

Rich mix in store for Sean Clarach night

CHARLEVILLE'S Craobh An Rath Comholtas group will perform at the annual Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill Evening at the Booley House in Churchtown this Friday from 7pm.

Organiser Noel Linehan has assembled a very attractive programme for the event which commemorates the death of the Jacobite poet Sean Clarach MacDomhnaill who was born in Churchtown in 1691. He spent the greater part of his later life in Charleville, where he died in 1754 and is buried in the town's Holy Cross Cemetery.

The programme for the evening includes contributions from Gerry Murphy who will give the history of the Booley House and Denis Hickey will talk about his ongoing research into the life of Sean Clarach.

Cork County Heritage Officer Conor Neligan will also speak on the night as will broadcaster Donncha O'Dulaing will talk about his association with the area.

Entertainment will be provided by a piper, the Craobh and Rath Comholtas group, the Coolea Singers and a host of local musicians.

Sean Clarach was at one time chief poet of Munster and was one of the most important poets of his day. He was also one of the three Maigue Poets, the other two being Andrias Mac Craith and Sean O'Tuama. His best known work that has survived to this day is, perhaps, the poem/song 'Mo Gile Mear' (The Lively Lad), which has been recorded by many prominent modern artists including the Chieftains and Sting, to mention a few.

It is also the backing sound track for a Specsaver television advertisement currently being screened on RTE television.

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