Leading authority on folklore to be remembered in Limerick

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

There will be a series of talks and lectures throughout the day as well as a tour of Lough Gur
BRUFF Heritage Group will pay tribute to one of their most influential past members when the Irish Folklore Society of Ireland hold their annual weekend, An Tionol, in the town next week.

BRUFF Heritage Group will pay tribute to one of their most influential past members when the Irish Folklore Society of Ireland hold their annual weekend, An Tionol, in the town next week.

The weekend is organised every year by the society and is a celebration of Irish folklore and Irish history but this year it has special significance as the society, in conjunction with their hosts, Bruff Heritage Group, will be paying a special tribute to the late Professor Daithi O hOgain.

Daithi who was an author, a poet and a broadcaster was a native of Bruff. He was recognised internationally as a leading authority on Irish folklore.

The celebration which takes place from October 11 to 13 will be based in the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre [formerly the old courthouse] and events over the weekend will include a number of presentations and lectures. “There will be a talk by Daithi’s brother, Eamonn O hOgain, on Irish writers and poets from the parish of Bruff and the Maigue area,” explained Paul Dennehy, chairman of Bruff Heritage Group.

There will also be a lecture on Walker Jackson entitled The Lore and the Legacy of a Limerick Gentleman Piper and a special lecture in memory of Daithi O’hOgain entitled Limerick Young Irelanders in 1948.

The weekend begins on Friday night, October 11, with the official launch of An Tionol followed by the dedication of a room in the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre to the memory of Daithi O hOgain. The room which once housed the library where Daithi’s mother was librarian for years, has been converted by Bruff Heritage Group into a heritage centre which displays various aspects of local history. It also contains a collection of books donated by the late Pat and Lenore Quilty who were also great friends of Daithi. “On Friday night we will also be holding a storytelling competition and we are looking for people to enter the competition,” said Mr Dennehy. The winner will receive the Tommy Hannon shield and we are hoping that the event will become an annual event.

On Saturday meanwhile, there will be a series of talks and lectures throughout the day as well as a tour of Lough Gur and the recently established Old Irish Ways Museum in Caherguillamore. See wwwbruffheritagegroup.com