Stg£20 (Stg£15 concession for students, unwaged and senior citizens). Includes registration, morning tea/coffee, lunch and afternoon tea/coffee.
This year we look at the theme of migration as reflected in the names of places and families, especially (but not exclusively) in the area between the Foyle and Bann rivers, marked by Bessy Bell (Slieve Trim) in the west and Slieve Gallion in the east.
Our expert in the morning will be Dr Kay Muhr, one of Ireland’s leading place-name scholars, who has made a specialist study of townland names which contain family names. Dr Muhr will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Local place-names and family names’. She invites those planning to attend to send her any name-related queries in advance via the email contact below.
Kay Muhr read Celtic Studies at Edinburgh 1966-70 and gained a PhD on Gaelic literature from the same university. After postgraduate fellowships in Cambridge, Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast, she became Senior Researcher of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project in Irish & Celtic Studies, from its foundation in 1987 until 2010.
A former president of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, and chairman of the Ulster Place-Name Society, Dr Muhr is now a private scholar.
In the early afternoon our focus will be on the Glenelly Valley, with Rose Mary Murphy talking about the unique ‘Glenelly Our Home Project’, which for several years now has been engaged in photographing and collecting the family history of every empty domestic building in the Plumbridge and Cranagh areas (about 50 townlands, from Tullagherin to Goles). As Secretary of the Glenelly Historical Society, Rose Mary played a vital role in initiating the project, which connects the homeland of Glenelly with its world-wide diaspora (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Glenelly-Our-Home-210666532303133/about/?ref=page_internal
The afternoon concludes with a shift in focus to the migration story of East Mayo and a celebration of the recently published book by Jack Foley, Swinford Spalpeens: Aspects of Migration and Emigration from the East Mayo Area 1815-1970 (Galley Head Press, Cork, 2017). Jack is a graduate of the Masters programme in Irish Migration Studies (QUB) at the Mellon Centre.
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