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Father Paddy Gallagher Annual Lecture – Heritage Week

24th August 2016, Bundoran Community Library @ 8.00pm

As this is the centennial year of the Easter 1916 Rising, the Annual Father Paddy Gallagher Lecture this year is in memory of Easter 1916.

Bundoran Community Development along with Bundoran Community Library and Magh Ene Historical Society are arranging an evening of talk and discussion in memory of participants in the Easter 1916 Rising.  To this end we have invited two prominent speakers and authorities on the lives of two important leaders; Sean Mac Diarmada and Countess Markievicz.  To round the evening of we have a presentation from Marc Geagan on his recent publication ‘’Border Town Blues’’. The event is taking place on Wednesday the 24th of August during heritage week at Bundoran Community Library at 8.00pm.

Bundoran Lectures - Dr Gerard Mac AtasneyDr Gerard Mac Atasney is from Lurgan in County Armagh. He has written extensively on the history of County Leitrim – the home county of his mother. In 2004 he published Seán Mac Diarmada – The Mind of the Revolution, the first book to be produced about this largely neglected figure of the 1916 Rising. 2013 saw the publication of Tom Clarke – Life, Liberty, Revolution, the first biography of Clarke to be written since 1936 His most recent work was The Dead Buried by the Dying – The Great Famine in Leitrim (2014)

Joe Mc Gowan is a local historian and native of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.  Joe Mc Gowan, becoming keenly aware of thBundoran Lectures - Joe Mc Gowane accelerating pace of change in the Irish countryside, decided to record the old lore before it vanished completely. He is also a Heritage Specialist with the Irish National Teachers Organisation ‘Heritage in Schools Scheme’

His publications include the classic In the Shadow of Benbulben; Echoes of a Savage Land; Constance Markievicz, the People’s Countess; Co. Sligo Famine Book; Inishmurray, Gale, Stone and Fire; Island Voices, and most recently, co-authored with artist Anne Osborne: Sligo, Land of Destiny

Bundoran Lectures - Marc GeaganMarc is a lecturer at the North West Regional College in Derry, Northern Ireland. In 2010, he published his first book ‘Dancing by the Sea’. Over the past number of years, he has been a regular contributor to the History Ireland Hedge School series on the subject of music history. He has appeared in this role at The Allingham Festival and Electric Picnic and contributed to BBC and RTE radio programs. In 2015 he published his second book ‘Bordertown Blues’. He has also lectured at the University of Limerick as well as New York University and Drew University in the United States;

There will also be music, acting, poetry and refreshments. This is a free event and we are looking forward to an enjoyable evening to which everyone is welcome.

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