By Noreen Bowden | September 10, 2010
Here’s a note from the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh on their most excellent annual summer school:
Eleventh Literature of Irish Exile Autumn School: Saturday 16 October 2010
If you don’t already have the date in your diary, we hope you may take a
look at what is on offer and consider putting it there now:
The day, Saturday 16 October, will have the usual shape of a keynote lecture
in the morning in the Library of the Centre for Migration Studies; after
lunch a guided walk in the outdoor museum of the Folk Park; and a concluding
lecture and discussion in the Library.
Dr Fred Freeman, our keynote lecturer, is based at Edinburgh University and
an expert on Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), the Scottish weaver poet, hailed
as a successor to Burns, whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year. We
look forward to hearing about Tannahill’s spirited defence of Irish
immigrant weavers in Scotland.
The focus of the walk in the outdoor museum, growing out of Paddy
Fitzgerald’s lecture this summer to the William Carleton Summer School, will
be, with the help of Folk Park guide Walter McFarlane, on the role of
hedge-schools in preparing migrants.
Sean McCartan, one of our distinguished Irish Migration Studies graduates,
received a signal honour this year in being invited to France to speak about
his researches on the Irish ancestry of President de Gaulle. We look forward
to finding out how he fits into the migration story of the McCartan family.
We do hope you may be able to join us.
Senior Library Asst
Centre for Migration Studies
Ulster American Folk Park
Tel: 028 8225 6315
Fax: 028 8224 2241