Brother of ‘Flann O’Brien’ to attend Falcaragh festival

Brother of ‘Flann O’Brien’ to attend Falcaragh festival
An tSeanbheairic Arts and Cultural Festival is set to host events this weekend in Falcarragh to celebrate the links between one the regions most acclaimed authors and Gortahork

An tSeanbheairic Arts and Cultural Festival is set to host events this weekend in Falcarragh to celebrate the links between one the regions most acclaimed authors and Gortahork

Among the guests is the last surviving member of Brian O’Nolan’s family, his brother Micheál, a celebrated artist in his own right, will be present to launch a series of events celebrating the strong links the Strabane-born author had with Gortahork.

The late Brian O’Nolan, aka Flann O Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, has remarkable ties with the area.

It was where Micheál, his father, learnt his Irish, where the family came on holidays and where their parents employed their home help to maintain Irish as the spoken language of the household.

It was also where he took a holiday upon his graduation from University College Dublin.

Speaking at the launch of the An festival in Falcarragh last weekend, Deirdre Learmont, organiser of the Flann O Brien events, said: “It is hard to quantify the extent of the influence of Gortahork and its inhabitants had on the imagination, language and comic understanding of Flann O Brien.”

The festival also a host of other events all weekend running from tonight, Thursday 26, June to Sunday.

The programme is available at: www.falcarraghvisitorcentre.com