Emerging from the Shadow of Tom Crean

Lecture by Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard

The Parish Centre, Clonakilty

on

Thursday September 28th 8.30 pm

In May 1916, Kerry man Tom Crean, along with Ernest Shackleton and four other crew members, landed the James Caird lifeboat on the rocky isle of South Georgia. The navigation of that small boat, across 1500 km through icy winds and towering seas, is regarded as the greatest-ever feat of navigation. They then trekked across the forbidding and inhospitable mountains and glaciers of South Georgia to seek help for the rest of their crew, who were left behind on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice.

One hundred years later, Crean’s grandaughter, Aileen Crean O’Brien, set off with her sons and partner to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Join Aileen and Bill to hear of their adventures (and misadventures) on the Southern Ocean and the island of South Georgia.

 NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2017
(Aug 19th – Aug 27th)
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Events

Event: Children's Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty.
Date and Time: All week
Venue: Collect forms at Michael Collins House and other local venues.
Details: Google-free, outdoor fun learning experience for 5-12 year old children (and their parents) exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes.

Event: Guided Historical Walk of Clonakilty Town
Date and Time: Wed Aug 23 and Sun Aug 27th 7pm
Venue: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty
Details: The town as we know it today was founded by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who received a charter from James I in 1613. This walk will introduce stories of wars, battles, rebellions, famine, smuggling and shipwrecks as well as the commercial life of the town's Linen Hall and  Deasy's Brewery, and will trace the footsteps of its famous characters – Mary Jane Irwin (wife of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa), Michael Collins and Tadhg an Asna (1798 Leader).

Event: Historical Tour of Seven Heads
Date and Time: Sat Aug 19th 2.30pm
Venue: Meet at Barryroe Church
Details: Local historian, Sean de Barra continues his tour of Seven Heads, visiting Lislee Church and Graveyard, Coolum Cliffs, Broad Strand (site of memorial to Antartic explorer Patrick Keohane) & much more.

Event: Battle of the Big Cross – Shannonvale 1798
Date and Time: Thurs Aug 24th 7pm
Venue: Phairs Pub, Shannonvale
Details: The Battle of the Big Cross took place on 19 June,1798 on the old road between Clonakilty and Balllinascarthy near the picturesque village of Shannonvale. This battle has gone down in history as the only recorded engagement to take place in all of Munster during the Rising between the United Irishmen and government forces. Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O'Mahony will speak on events and circumstances surrounding the Battle of the Big Cross and its aftermath.

 NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2017
(Aug 19th – Aug 27th)
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Events

Event: Children's Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty.
Date and Time: All week
Venue: Collect forms at Michael Collins House and other local venues.
Details: Google-free, outdoor fun learning experience for 5-12 year old children (and their parents) exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes.

Event: Guided Historical Walk of Clonakilty Town
Date and Time: Wed Aug 23 and Sun Aug 27th 7pm
Venue: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty
Details: The town as we know it today was founded by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who received a charter from James I in 1613. This walk will introduce stories of wars, battles, rebellions, famine, smuggling and shipwrecks as well as the commercial life of the town's Linen Hall and  Deasy's Brewery, and will trace the footsteps of its famous characters – Mary Jane Irwin (wife of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa), Michael Collins and Tadhg an Asna (1798 Leader).

Event: Historical Tour of Seven Heads
Date and Time: Sat Aug 19th 2.30pm
Venue: Meet at Barryroe Church
Details: Local historian, Sean de Barra continues his tour of Seven Heads, visiting Lislee Church and Graveyard, Coolum Cliffs, Broad Strand (site of memorial to Antartic explorer Patrick Keohane) & much more.

Event: Battle of the Big Cross – Shannonvale 1798
Date and Time: Thurs Aug 24th 7pm
Venue: Phairs Pub, Shannonvale
Details: The Battle of the Big Cross took place on 19 June,1798 on the old road between Clonakilty and Balllinascarthy near the picturesque village of Shannonvale. This battle has gone down in history as the only recorded engagement to take place in all of Munster during the Rising between the United Irishmen and government forces. Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O'Mahony will speak on events and circumstances surrounding the Battle of the Big Cross and its aftermath.

U-260: The Glandore Sub

Lecture by
Brendan Cahill
on
Thurs Mar 23rd
at
8pm
in
The Parish Centre, Clonakilty

 

The U-260 was a World War II Type VIIC German submarine which sank off Glandore in April 1945. A number of its crew made it to shore at the Galley Head and the remainder were rescued the following morning. The reason for its sinking is unclear and has resulted in some speculation as to its cause with several possible explanations. Its present location is approximately 4 nautical miles south of the entrance to Glandore Harbour in 45 metres of water.

This lecture will outline the background and circumstances surrounding its sinking, the rescue of the survivors, the discovery of the wreck and its present condition. Actual footage of diving to the submarine and its condition will be shown.

Brendan Cahill, a native of Dublin, is a Rosscarbery-based Garda. Living in West Cork for the last 16 years, he is a former Garda diver who has a keen interest in wreck diving. He first dived the Glandore sub in the 1990s and has been diving to this and other wrecks for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Toe Head/Glandore Coast Guard Unit with an interest in the coastal history of the area.

Cillini

A native of Aughadown parish, William Casey has a lifelong interest in local history.

His interest in children’s burial grounds began about ten years ago when he was involved in a number of local graveyard surveys. In 2013 as part of course work, he undertook a survey of the cillíní in his native parish and since then the study of these sites has become a passion of his. As a result, he has mapped close to 300 cillíní in West Cork and has visited around 70 of these sites. Along the way, he has gathered as much information as possible from local sources.

Apart from his interest in burial grounds, he has researched other historical topics as diverse as nineteenth century Protestant missions, Loan Funds and the history of local churches. William recently completed a masters in local history. The topic of his thesis was The Early Fenian Movement in the Skibbereen Region.