Well KNOWN broadcaster, genealogist and historian Mr Julian Walton will officially open Eigse Sliabh Rua at the Rhu Glenn Hotel at 8pm this Friday.
Julian is well known and hugely respected among historians and genealogical researchers, and his knowledge of source material on Irish families both in Ireland and overseas is encylopediac. Julian is better known to the general public as the voice of the very popular radio broadcast ‘on this day’ which has inspired entertained and educated a generation of listeners to WLRfm of the fascinating local history of Waterford city and county.
The opening lecture will be on a topic of huge interest, especially this year which is the 100th year centenary of the sinking of the Titanic in April 2012. The loss of the Titanic although not the biggest sea tragedy of the twentieth century is undoubtly the most famous and has inspired numerous films, books and broadcasts. The lecturer Mr Michael Martin of Cobh Co Cork has achieved considerable fame as a researcher and lecturer on maritime history and principally as an authority on the history of the Titanic and the lecture will take place at 8.20pm.
The Eigse tour for school children will take place on Saturday (November 10) at 10am from the school, and will visit Johnstown Castle and it’s exhibits. The Eigse Mass will take place at 11am on Sunday (November 11) and will feature the music of William Vincent Wallace as a celebration of the bicentenary of his birth in 1812. Ms Maureen Fitzgerald will give a lecture on the life of William Vincent Wallace at the John O’Donovan parish centre at 8pm on Tuesday (November 13).
Next Wednesday (November 14) will see a shift in focus as Eigse moves north to the parish hall in The Rower at 8pm. Jack Burtchaell will deliver an illustrated lecture on the local farm villages of south Kilkenny with specific reference to the local farm villages of the Rower, Ballyvarra, Balliloge and Ballygub. Ryans Bar in Listerlin is the venue for Thursday (November 15) where a lecture on Agricultural Changes in Co Kilkenny since 1812 by Mr Robert Duggan will be delivered. Eigse will visit the Waterford Medieval Museum on Saturday (November 17) at 2.30 pm. The closing of Eigse will take place in Lyons Lounge Slieverue on the evening of Sunday (November 18) with ceol, craic agus caint.