St Macartan's Cathedral, Clogher Photo: © Michael Fisher
St Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher, Co Tyrone Photo: © Michael Fisher



FRIDAY 15th September

11.00 am – Official opening of 2017 William Carleton Summer School by Councillor Kim Ashton, Chair of Mid-Ulster District Council.
followed by Ian McElhinney: reading from Seamus Heaney’s ‘Station Island’

12.00 Brian Lambkin – ‘Funeral and Wake Customs with Reference to Carleton’.

Lunch 1.00 – 2.15pm

2.15 pm – Ciaran McKeown – ‘A Vision of the Future rooted in the Past’.

3.15 – 3.45 pm – Mary Montague reading from her Poetry.


4.15 pm – Anthony Soares – ‘Creativity and its Limits in the Approaches to Brexit’.


A Symposium chaired by Michael Fisher

Garrett Carr, Patrick Mulroe, Allison Morris and Eamonn McCann.

SATURDAY 16th September

11.00 am – Daragh Curran – ‘Crime and Criminals in Carleton’s Clogher’

12.00 pm – Aidan Fee – ‘Counsellor Marcus Costello 1800 – 1868: rising without trace.’

Lunch 1.00 – 2.15pm

2.15 pm – Noel Monahan – ‘Landscape as a major symbol in the poetry of John Montague’.

3.15 pm – Mark Bailey – ‘The McKim Observatory; Carleton and Clogher’.


4.15 pm – Dramatised Reading from Carleton’s ‘The Party Fight and Funeral’ devised by Liam Foley.

SUNDAY 17th September

A Day Out in Carleton Country and beyond …

Coach Tour
Tea/coffee on arrival

Leaving Corick House at 10.30 am: return by 5.30 pm

led by Jack Johnston and Pat Montague.
Visiting sites associated with William Carleton, Rose Kavanagh, Archbishop John Hughes, Robert Bratton, Benedict Kiely and John Montague.

Lunch in Kelly’s Inn, Garvaghy at 1.30 pm

Booking advisable: cost £25
Enquiries to:


An Evening of Music and Song – in St Patrick’s Church, Clogher
7.30 – 9.30 pm

Eilis Lavelle, harper:
David Bell, guitarist and singer;
Caroline Jones, soprano;
Gail Evans, piano;
Clogher Valley Area WI Choir.

Admission: £7.00/ £5.00 concession

8 thoughts on “PROGRAMME 2017”

  1. I last attended the Summer school in 2006 as I was interested in Ned M’Keown the subject of stories in Carleton’s Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry. Ned and Nancy are my great-great-great-grandparents.

    Will Prof. Owen Dudley Edwards and Jack Johnston be present?
    Best Wishes,
    John McEwan

  2. Following the outstanding success of last year’s inaugural Heritage Angel Awards, Ulster Architectural Heritage is delighted to advise that the 2018 Awards are now open for applications or nominations. These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage. For example, individuals and communities who have rescued an historic building, completed heritage projects, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place. The Awards are funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Derry & Strabane District Council.

    We are hosting a series of public workshops across Northern Ireland to help local people and groups discover all about the 2018 Heritage Angel Awards NI. These workshops will help to explain the award categories and give advice on how to nominate a person, group or heritage project in your area for an award. Last year we had an extremely high level and number of entries and we know that there are many projects which are deserving of an Award. If you applied last year you are welcome to apply or nominate again and we would encourage you to do so. This year an additional category has been added to recognise large scale regeneration projects in excess of £2M and the timescale for completion of projects has been extended from 4 to 10 years.

    I am contacting you to invite you or a colleague to attend the Dungannon Workshop on Friday 25 May at 2pm in Ranfurly House, Dungannon. I do hope you will be able to join us to learn how a person/group or project can gain recognition for their tremendous efforts in preserving, protecting and understanding our heritage.

    Full details on the Awards are available on the Heritage Angel Awards NI Website:

    However should you require any further information please contact me.
    Kind regards
    Maura Ahern

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