Wednesday 10 April 2013

MacCarthys to Gather in the Valley of Hospitality

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The MacCarthys of Cork cultural Weekend will take place at Dunmanway, Co Cork, from Friday 31 May until Sunday 2 June. This Gathering has been organised by Dunmanway Historical Association with the support of the School of History, University College Cork. It will be held at the Parkway Hotel in Dunmanway.

According to an ancient manuscript, this part of West Cork is known as the 'Valley of Hospitality', 'environed with a ridge of hills, the most pleasant and romantic nature could intend, for sheltering and watering a spot designed to yield all the pleasures and desirable necessaries of life.'

Sounds like the perfect venue, doesn't it?

The programme for this Gathering begins on the Friday evening with the official online launch of the 'Florence MacCarthy Mor Letter Book' on the CELT website (CELT – the Corpus of ELectronic Texts). The next morning sees a four-lecture programme that's sure to be of interest to MacCarthys, but also to those with an interest in the history, industry and archaeology of this beautiful area of County Cork.

After lunch, there's a coach tour taking in local castles and the birthplace of Sam Maguire, who gave his name to the famous trophy and is one of Dunmanway's most renowned sons, followed by a fun and relaxed evening of dinner with traditional music. The closing ceremony takes place on the Sunday morning.

The Gathering is open to all – whether MacCarthys or not – and the organisers hope many of those with links to the area will join them. Groups from overseas and from Northern Ireland have already confirmed.

For the full programme and further details, including local accommodation options, contact the Dunmanway Historical Association.