The Cavan Ireland 2016 Committee, Cavan Genealogy and The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies Omagh, County Tyrone
Warp and Weft – A two day exploration of diasporic links, ancestral entanglements, revolution and war
on 14th & 15th October 2016
Belturbet, County Cavan and Omagh, County Tyrone
Friday 14th October at Belturbet Library
10.30am Registration and Tea/Coffee
11.00am Professor Timothy G. Mc Mahon ‘Not Free Merely But Gaelic as Well’: South Ulster, the Diaspora and the Irish Revolution
1.30pm Bus to Kiltyclogher, County Leitrim
2.30pm Dr Gerard Mac Atasney Seán Mac Diarmada with visits to his birthplace, Kiltyclogher Heritage Centre and monument followed by Tea/Coffee
5.00pm Return for evening meal – The Seven Horseshoes, Belturbet at 6.30pm
8.00pm The Hacklers Drama Group present Rising Voices 8.45pm Discussion hosted by Frank Galligan
Saturday 15th October at MCMS at Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
11.00am Dr Patricia Craig A Twisted Root Ancestral Engagements in Ireland
1.30pm Exploring 1916 in the Ulster American Folk Park
2.30pm Dr Johanne Devlin Trew and Omagh Robins ‘Of Bicycles and Fallow Fields…’: Great War drama written and performed by Omagh Robins
Timothy G. McMahon is associate professor of history at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His research includes national identity, imperialism and popular culture in modern Ireland and Britain. Included among his many publications are Grand Opportunity The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893 – 1910and the memoir Pádraig Ó Fathaigh’s War of Independence: Recollections of a Galway Gaelic Leaguer. He is co-editing a collection of essays Ireland’s Imperial Cultures, 1800 – 1950.
Dr Gerard Mac Atasney from Lurgan, County Armagh has written extensively on the history of County Leitrim, the home county of his mother. In 2004, Seán Mac Diarmada The Mind of the Revolution was the first book to be published about this largely neglected figure of the 1916 rising. Tom Clarke Life, Liberty, Revolution the first biography of Clarke since 1936 was published in 2013. The Dead Buried by the Dyeing The Great Famine in Leitrim is his most recent work
Derry born Frank Galligan with Cavan roots is a radio and TV host, newspaper columnist, poet, short story writer, writing trainer and festival and concert host. He taught creative writing at the University of Ulster and has been a long-time creative writing facilitator. Publications include a collection of short stories Out of The Blue and poetry collections A Strong Weakness and A Cold Forbidding Irish Green. His play Maria Live is a celebration of the life of Maria Edgeworth.
Dr Patricia Craig was born in Belfast, moved to London in the 1960s and returned to live in Northern Ireland in 1999. She has written biographies of Elizabeth Bowen and Brian Moore. Her memoir Asking for Trouble was published in 2007 and A Twisted Root: Ancestral Entanglements in Ireland, in 2012. An acclaimed literary critic and anthologist, she is the editor of many anthologies including The Oxford Book of Ireland, The Ulster Anthology and Penguin Book of British Comic Stories.
Dr Johanne Devlin Trew is a lecturer at the University of Ulster. She held research and teaching posts at Queen’s University Belfast, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Concordia University, Montreal. She has also been a research associate on several joint projects with the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh. She is the author of two recent books: Leaving the North: Migration and Memory, Northern Ireland, 1921 – 2011 and Place, Culture and Community: The Irish Heritage of the Ottawa Valley.
Booking – Places are limited so early booking is essential. Please leave your contact details with us if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.
Cavan Genealogy, First Floor, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 00 353 (0)49 4361094
Fees are non-refundable and must be paid in advance at time of booking. All major cards accepted.
All Events €25.00 (includes evening meal,lunch x 2 and bus)
Friday only €15.00 (includes lunch and bus)
Saturday only €15.00 (includes lunch, bus, evening meal)