Una Breen is also an accomplished artist in her own right and agreed to take part in an interview at her latest art exhibition in Limerick:
Brief introduction to Jack O Donovan and Michael Hartnett:
Jack Donovan was one born in 1934, he began studying art in 1951 at the Limerick School of Art, an institution with which he was to have a lifelong association. He went on to become head of the school in 1962, a role he continued until 1972. He is one of Irelands most famous contemporary artists.
Micheal Hartnett was born in 1941 in Listowel, he then later moved to Limerick and then on to Newcastle West which is where he spent the majority of his life. He is one of Irelands best known poets.
Limerick had a wonderful showcase event in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, Limerick on the 17th October. The event which was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor Adam Teskey highlighted the work to date on Place EE from a Limerick perspective. Key note speakers included Catherine Mc Guigan CE of Age Friendly Ireland, Anne Rizzo, Regional Manager from Age Friendly Limerick and the lovely Fiona Mc Cann from Ulster University. Over 120 persons attended including key stakeholders from Limerick’s community coalition.
This following image library highlights the event in images;
Sir James Duhig KCMG (2 September 1873 – 10 April 1965) was an Irish-born Australian Roman Catholic religious leader. He was the Archbishop of Brisbane for 48 years from 1917 until his death in 1965. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving bishop in the Catholic Church (1905–1965). He was a very important man in Broadford and Thomas and Dan decided to create the following project based on his life.
Please click the following link to view the presentation by Thomas Riedy and Dan O Sullivan :
Peg Kelly and Mary Sexton share a passion for music and song. This wonderful video shows Mary interviewing Peg about a song called In Shame, Love in Shame, Peg then sings the beautiful song.
The song was written by by Sean McCarthy. Recorded by Peggy Sweeney and by Red Hurley originally. Recorded in the 1960’s by Olive Bayle. The song is about having a baby and not being married, which was a big deal in Ireland up until recently. It is believed to be a true story.
The original lyrics:
They whisper their stories and they glance with the eye,
They look over my shoulder when I pass them by,
My father and mother they treat me the same,
Hear the Nightingale crying in shame love in shame.Cling to me tight love hold my hand,
The road it is long love, and harsh is the land,
That’s the cross we must carry for having no name,
Hear the Nightingale crys now in shame love in shame.I have wings on my feet and of love I have dreamed,
The moon and the stars, oh how friendly they seemed,
The touch of his hand in the soft summer rain,
But the Nightingale crys now in shame love in shame.Once in the starlight when he held me close,
Down by the green meadows, where grew the wild rose,
The wind sang of love, oh how soft it’s refrain,
Hear the Nightingale crying in shame love in shame.Now hush little darling we soon will be there,
A blanket of love will surround you with care,
No vile tongues will whisper you will never feel pain,
Hear the Nightingale crying in shame love in shame.How mute are the birds now, my bonny young boy,
How deep is the river, how silent your cry,
Let the water baptise you, then we’ll both hear a name,
Hear the Nightingale sing, there’s no shame, there’s no shame.
The forge was an integral part of every town and village across Ireland for centuries. This project created by Richard Nolan and Shane Copse focuses on the importance of the forge in Irish society and on Richards family connection to a forge in Elverstown.
Click this link to view Richard and Shane’s project: