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Fighting the Church in cause of justice – Joe’s book casts new light on Fanore School Case

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The Fanore School Case costs €17.50 paperback, including packaging and posting, and €27.50 for hardback including packaging and posting.

Women, drink, fighting, land-grabbing and interfering clergy are just some of the ingredients in Joe Queally’s fascinating book, The Fanore School Case 1914-22.

Based on the true story of a battle royal between parishioners and clergy in a rural outpost of the Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh, the book was originally published in 2004. Since then, the author has uncovered new material which he has included in the second edition of The Fanore School Case which is being launched in Ennis this Friday night, December 9.

Joe’s book covers one of the most extraordinary and troubling episodes in the history of Irish education.

At the centre of the case was Kerry-born Michael O’Shea, the principal teacher at Fanore National School in North Clare. O’Shea was dismissed from his post in 1914 by the school manager and parish priest, Fr Patrick Keran. According to local lore, the reason for O’Shea’s dismissal was his refusal to marry the assistant teacher in his school, Delia Leonard from Kilbeacanty outside Gort.

At the time, O’Shea was engaged to a local girl, whom he subsequently married. This outraged Fr Keran and the Bishop of Galway, Dr Tom O’Dea, and an all-out war broke out locally.

Although that’s not the full story, what is beyond doubt is that most people in Fanore sided with the sacked teacher. They built a hut-school for O’Shea and sent their children to him for education. However, when O’Shea presented his pupils to Bishop O’Dea for the Sacrament of Confirmation the Bishop would not confirm them. One affected father squared up O’Dea at the altar with a horse whip and removed his children, telling the Bishop to “keep your Commandments”.

The community was divided and there were regular battles between the children who attended the established, priest-controlled school and those who attended O’Shea’s school.

Rows broke out in the local pub, and even at Sunday Mass, when some parishioners walked out during the priest’s sermon.

Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, Dr Thomas O’Dea, sided with Fr Keran, and advised O’Shea to take the temperance pledge – rumours abounded that the sacked teacher drank and kept ‘low company’.

Bishop O’Dea’s shabby behaviour included offering O’Shea another teaching position if he agreed to leave Fanore. O’Shea did agree, only to be offered a job in Rosmuc, in a school with very few pupils, which would have meant less money, as his income was based on capitation.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

Hidden Horses, an exhibition of work by Clare-based artist Kate Browne will open at Kinvara Area Art Gallery, KAVA, this Friday, May 20, and will run daily until Sunday, May 29, from 11am – 4pm.

It’s an exhibition that grew from the loss she felt over the past decade as her children left home and began to forge their own paths.

Kate, who’d had a passion for horses in her younger years, rediscovered that passion.

“Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.”

All are welcome to view the work at the KAVA gallery in Kinvara’s  former courthouse.

 

 

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