As part of Heritage Week a talk will be given on Tuesday night (23rd) by Christy Gillespie on the fascinating story of Glenlough Valley.
It will take place in the Folk Village in Glencolmcille on Tuesday 23 rd of August beginning at 8.00p.m.
The lecture is titled “The Road to Glenlough” a title which the late, great fiddler James Byrne gave to one of his many tunes. Ironically there is no road leading into this remote yet enchanting valley and yet it has attracted the famous and indeed the infamous for various reasons.
Christy explains that if very strong and documented local tradition is to be believed, it harboured Prince Charles Edward Stuart or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ after his failed uprising as he tried in vain to wrest control back to the Stuart dynasty.
The valley was also a well of great inspiration for American artist and illustrator Rockwell Kent who produced many of his greatest works while living in the valley in the summer of 1926.
Then just nine years later Dylan Thomas followed in the artist’s footsteps,
brought there by his literary agent as he tried to get him as far away from the bright lights of Bohemian London as he could.
Little did he realise that he was bringing him into the poteen making capital of Donegal.
Come along on the evening and learn not only about these famous visitors but also about the harsh subsistence life of those that lived in and worked the valley as they tried to eke out a frugal existence there. It is a way of living long gone in Ireland but deserves to be recorded.
He adds the talk will be a very visual one, accompanied by hundreds of images projected onto a large screen.
Chirsty also asks that if people should have any stories relating to Glenlough, or photographs of the valley, please bring them along on the night as it will be the last chance to have them included in the forthcoming book which is the result of ten years of hard research.
Everyone is welcome and admission is free of charge.