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September 2018

Date: September 13 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am
Venue Station House Hotel
Address: Galway Road

A forensic student of history, Hugh Duffy reflects on David Olusoga and Casper Erichsen’s haunting history The Kaiser’s Holocaust and its far-reaching consequences. Hugh has been a regular visitor for more than 50 years to his home in Aughrusmore, and has lived there permanently for the past five years. Reading history is his hobby. An accountant by profession, he has a long and varied career that commenced in the early 1950s in Dublin County Council. He moved to the Dublin Health Authority and then to RTÉ, where he worked from its inception until 1970. He has worked in the handbag manufacturing business, in Ryan’s Hotel, Dunkeld Holdings, Swan Tours, the…

Date: September 13 @ 6:00 pm
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue The Festival Gallery
Address: Market Street

Brian will give a talk on the works included in his exhibition War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings – a selection, including other works This year the Festival Gallery will host a selection from recent, new, and exciting work by internationally acclaimed Irish artist Brian Maguire. Since the very beginning of his career in the 1970s, Brian Maguire has approached painting as an act of solidarity. He operates a truly engaged practice, compelled by the raw realities of humanity’s violence against itself, and the potential for justice. Maguire’s preoccupations draw him to the margins of the art world – alternative space, prisons, women’s shelters, and psychiatric institutions – making…

Date: September 14 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am
Venue Foyle’s Hotel
Address: Main Street

Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul: Talk by Benig Mauger Most of us are afraid of our depressions and ‘dark nights of the soul,’ yet the mystics and poets saw these as times of deep, immense soul growth. Join Benig Mauger, Jungian psychotherapist and author, in a talk that will help you navigate your own dark nights. Visit www.soul-connections.com Admission €5 It is only in the state of complete abandonment and loneliness that we experience the helpful powers of our own nature. – Jung

Date: September 14 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Christopher Fitz-Simon: A Life in the Touring Theatre in Conversation with Des Lally Author Christopher Fitz-Simon talks about his life in the touring theatre. Christopher was one of the earliest Irish television drama directors in the 1960s. He became literary manager of the Abbey Theatre, having been artistic director of the Irish Theatre Company and of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. He has lectured in 12 countries on four continents. Among his books are The Boys, a biography of Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLíammóir, Eleven Houses, a memoir of 1940s Ireland, and Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment, a revaluation of popular 19th-century Irish theatre. His most recent publication Rise Above! is a…

Date: September 14 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue The Festival Gallery
Address: Market Street

An afternooon of hilarity and madness with Ted Turton. An illustrated memoir with stories drawn from six years working and travelling with Footsbarn Theatre in the 1980s. This extraordinary barnstorming theatre company (first seen in Clifden in 1979) left its native Cornwall in 1981 for a life permanently lived on the road to travel the world with its circus style tent, trucks and buses. Along with the actors, technicians, costume makers, administrators, and wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and hangers-on, came all their children with their own teachers and three Border Collies. The first stop on this world tour was Galway, where Ted joined them. The stories are not so much about…

Date: September 15 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love – A Talk by Fergal Keane Introduced by Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill Fergal Keane is a journalist with the BBC and an author. He received the 2018 Christopher Ewart-Biggs memorial prize for his memoir Wounds for advancing understanding of Irish history in Britain. Keane worked for many years as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, reporting on issues including the conflict in Northern Ireland, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the Rwandan genocide. He is the nephew of Irish playwright, novelist and essayist John B. Keane. Sponsored by Dr. Ciarán and Anne MacLoughlin. Admission €15

Date: September 15 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Professor Joe Lee: Ireland in History: Past, Present – and Future New York University professor John Joseph Lee – commonly known as J.J. Lee – is an Irish historian and former senator. He is emeritus Professor of History, Glucksman Professor for Irish Studies, and director of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. Sponsored by Peter and Paula Vine. Admission €10

Date: September 16 @ 10:00 am
Time: 10:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Michael Gibbons: Ballynahinch Castle and the O’Flaherty Lords of Connemara in Folklore, History and Archaeology This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the Gaelic lord and scholar Ruaidhri Maic Aodha Ó Flaithbheartaigh and is an opportune time to explore the history of human settlement in a place synonymous with the O’Flahertys, Ballynahinch Castle estate – following recent discoveries, we now know that settlement there dates back over 7,000 years. The talk’s key focus will be on the lake island cashel-castle and the cast of extraordinary figures associated with it. It began life as an island cashel or stone crannóg built by the local O’Cadhla lords,…

Date: September 17 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

A panel discussion with Dr. David Clare, Professor Patrick Lonergan, Dr. Cathy Leeney, Dr. Elaine Sisson, and Dr. Noreen Doody on the legacy of the Gate Theatre and their forthcoming book The Gate Theatre, Dublin – Inspiration and Craft, published by Carysford Press/David Lang. Introduced by Des Lally.            

Date: September 18 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture: Sarah Purser and her Legacy by Gerard McInerney A leading figure in the early 20th century Irish Arts and Crafts movement, stained-glass artist Sarah Purser created the decorative windows of Loughrea’s St. Brendan’s cathedral. Join Loughrea native Gerard McInerney in a celebration of her legacy and of the windows’ ever-changing ‘captivating brightness.’ Gerard, who runs the long-established family business in the town, studied history as a mature student in NUI Galway. featured image: Sarah Purser as drawn by John Butler Yeats, 1880s Admission €5

Date: September 18 @ 2:00 pm
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue The Festival Gallery
Address: Market Street

A talk by Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator, Engagement and Learning, IMMA.  

Date: September 19 @ 11:30 am
Time: 11:30 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Lecture by Dr Éimear O’Connor: John Millington Synge: Art and the Rest In the late 1890s, John Millington Synge took his camera to the Aran Islands to photograph the people and their traditional way of life. This is a fully illustrated talk revealing the nature and extent of Synge’s photographs, and their subsequent use by the painter, and by painter Jack B. Yeats. Synge’s love of the Aran Islands, and its influence on Irish artists Harry Clarke and Seán Keating, will also be discussed in the context of both the cultural and the nationalist revolution that took place at the time. Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA is an art historian, curator,…

Date: September 20 @ 11:00 am
Time: 11:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Patricia Coughlan and Lucy Collins – Echoes Into Silence: Recovering Irish Women Poets Irish women play an important role in the contemporary poetry scene, yet their predecessors – especially women writing before the 1960s – remain little known and largely out of print. Among them are many vibrant and provocative voices, innovative in their own time and relevant still today. Patricia Coughlan and Lucy Collins will explore work by some of these women, and discuss the impact of their loss on our poetry tradition. Patricia Coughlan is Professor Emerita of English at UCC. She writes on Irish and Irish-American poetry and fiction, with a focus on gender and women’s writing.…

Date: September 20 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The Sound of Ireland The Uilleann Pipes by Peter Browne To mark the international recognition by UNESCO of the cultural value of the uilleann pipes and the centenary of the birth in 1918 of the celebrated Clare piper Willie Clancy, Peter Browne will talk about the instrument, its history and popularity, and feature recordings of some celebrated pipers. Peter Browne has been presenting The Rolling Wave on RTÉ Radio One since 2006, and playing traditional music since the age of six. Born in Dublin, he has received tuition on the uilleann pipes from three of the great players of modern times: Séamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, and Willie Clancy. He frequently…

Date: September 20 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

The Clifden Arts Festival Archive at University College Dublin Presented by Ursula Byrne, Head of Development and Strategic Programmes UCD Library Co-founder, Irish Poetry Reading Archive. The paper and digital collections of the Clifden Arts Festival were given into the care of the University College Dublin Library in 2017. This important cultural heritage archive charts the history of the festival and documents the extraordinary range of writers, musicians and artists it has featured over the past 40 years. Working together, we plan to continue to build these collections over time, to preserve them for future generations, and, where possible, make them available for scholars and enthusiasts at home and abroad.…

Date: September 20 @ 5:00 pm
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue Foyle’s Hotel
Address: Main Street

Charabancs Millinery and Telegraphy: Unravelling Marconi’s First Letterfrack Station on Diamond Hill Little is known about Marconi’s Letterfrack stations (there were three distinct sites). His first station was in the infirmary, at the infamous Letterfrack Industrial School, one of the few Marconi station buildings still standing in Ireland. He installed an extensive mast system pointing in four directions from the infirmary building. Recent information from an unexpected source has revealed a significant proportion of the station layout.

Date: September 21 @ 3:00 pm
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Writing about food with Margaret Hickey and Cliodhna Prendergast Formerly an editor at Country Living magazine in the UK, Margaret Hickey also had a freelance career writing on food, drink and travel for most of the national British press, including the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Times. She also had a weekly food and cookery slot on Premier Radio in London. After she moved to Ireland, her book Irish Days, a collection of oral histories, was published and her new book, Ireland’s Green Larder was published this year. She has appeared at a number of festivals and given talks at University College London and University College Limerick. She is…

Date: September 22 @ 9:00 am
Time: 9:00 am
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

Documentary by Nuala O'Connor: Keepers of the Flame followed by Diarmaid Ferriter Lecture Keepers of the Flame explores how individuals and families remember, commemorate and forget painful events of the past, bringing to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 Irish men and women who served during the violent revolutionary period from Easter 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1921. Shedding light on the nation’s post-war psyche, the documentary examines the long-term impact of the reluctance to talk about events, the lack of desire to relive decisions, and the secrecy and silence that causes further isolation. Directed and written by Nuala O’Connor; original concept and…

Date: September 22 @ 2:30 pm
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex

One-Way Traffic on Slí na Fírinne: John Moriarty Memorial Lecture with Mark Patrick Hederman Join former Glenstal Abbey abbot Mark Hederman on the alternative path trudged by philosopher John Moriarty, ‘almost obliterated, on his own. He regained for us a forgotten right-of-way almost defunct from lack of use. He tried to show us how to live metaphorically, and an alternative route towards truth.’ Sponsored by Shane O’Grady. John Moriarty: Not The Whole Story by Mary McGillicuddy (Liliput Press, 2018) will be on sale after the lecture. This powerful and personal reflection on John’s work has been widely praised. Admission €10

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