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Broadcaster and historian Dr David McCullagh is probably best known as a presenter of Prime Time on RTÉ 1 TV, and as former RTÉ Political Correspondent. David is also an accomplished historian and is biographer of former Taoiseach John A. Costello (The Reluctant Taoiseach, 2010). In 2017 he produced the first of a two-part biography of Eamon de Valera covering the years 1882–1932 (De Valera: Rise) and followed that up last year with De Valera: Rule 1932–1975. He returns to Hinterland to examine the controversial career in power of our most enigmatic of leaders.
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Clergyman Edward Nangle’s nineteenth-century mission to Achill Island aimed to lift a destitute people out of ignorance, poverty and idolatry. The fury of the island elements, the devastation of the Great Famine, Edward Nangle’s own volatile temperament, and the unbearable suffering of his wife Eliza and their children all threatened the project’s survival. The ugly charge of ‘souperism’, offering food and benefits in return for religious conversion, tainted the Mission’s work. Then a spectacular conflict erupted between Nangle and Archbishop John MacHale. In The Preacher and the Prelate writer Patricia Byrne tells this incredible Achill story which continues to excite controversy and division to the present day. “Told with pace and panache…an extraordinary and important read” (Irish Independent).
Sometimes it took an outsider to capture the misery and the impoverishment of Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. Frederick Douglass was that man. By rights we should never have heard of Douglass. He could have lived and died as a slave on a southern plantation. Instead he became the most famous abolitionist and spokesman for African American rights of the nineteenth century. But he also visited and wrote about Ireland. That he compared the plight of Irish peasants to that of African American slaves is telling. Historian Cecelia Hartsell will share her expertise on Douglass’s life and philosophy, and the reasons for his empathy with the doomed Irish peasantry of the 1840s.
Contrary to popular perception, the new police force set up by the Irish Free State was fully armed. For six weeks in 1922 the recently recruited guards mutinied. Kells-based historian and author of A History of the Garda Síochána Dr Liam McNiffe will explore the origin, course and very important results of that mutiny.
1882 was a year for vicious murders in Ireland. Aristocrats and peasants alike fell victim to the ongoing Land War. But nothing that year compared to the callous murders of five members of the Joyce family of Maamtrasna on the Mayo-Galway border. Nothing, perhaps, except the famously unjust treatment meted out to four of their cousins accused of involvement in the murders. In The Maamtrasna Murders Professor Margaret Kelleher offers a “powerful and meticulous new history of the murders and their aftermaths” (Irish Times) and exorcises the ghost of the tragic Maolra Seoighe (Myles Joyce).
500 Kilometres, 200 Crossings - A History of ‘The Border’
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Occupant of the prestigious post of Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin, Diarmaid Ferriter is also a prolific author and ‘go-to’ historian for many radio and TV programmes. His first significant success was The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000, and his biographical study of Eamon de Valera, Judging Dev, quickly followed. A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–1923 dealt with the revolutionary generation which delivered Irish independence in 1922. Now Diarmaid has turned his attention to the recent history of a frontier that has come back into sharp focus in recent months. In The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics he examines the history of partition and of a frontier that Margaret Thatcher once complained was “full of kinks and wiggles”.
Kells TypeTrail, now in its tenth year, is an annual festival celebrating typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year one word is translated into a variety of languages reflecting the diversity of the community in Kells. This year’s theme is the word ‘type’. Through a series of collaborations and workshops with Kells primary schools, students from Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk DKIT, local artists, poets and Meath Arts Office, artist Mark Smith and his creative team use the streets of Kells as their canvas. This takes the form of up to 30 indoor and outdoor art installations, which form a walking trail around the town. Mostly temporary in nature, each year one piece is chosen as a TypeTrail legacy piece with the long-term objective of a permanent TypeTrail presence in the town. Kells TypeTrail will be launched by Eamon Carr (Horslips) and will run till mid-August 2019.
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
This is a collaborative commission culminating in a unique continuous live performance by Tom French (word) and Danny Diamond (fiddle). Each artist stretches the other’s narratives in spoken and unspoken airs, finding solace in the unexpected places between. Tom French’s poetry draws on the traditional arts, folklore and rural Irish life; he writes vividly about traditional music, the people who play(ed) it, and the context in which it lives. As a traditional fiddle player, music archivist and researcher, Danny Diamond’s compositions bring a corresponding unconventional sensitivity to a similar sphere that informs French’s work.
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Supported by the Solstice Theatre. A Solstice Arts Centre commission creatively produced by Belinda Quirke.