FAIR OF EMYVALE

Unveiling of plaque at Blue Bridge, Emyvale, by Michael Fisher

Unveiling of plaque at Blue Bridge, Emyvale, by Michael Fisher

On day three of the William Carleton summer school, the focus moved to Emyvale in County Monaghan. In association with Emyvale Development Association and with the co-operation and assistance of a number of local people, I unveiled a restored plaque about William Carleton at the Blue Bridge, Inishdevlin.

Blue Bridge, Emyvale

Blue Bridge, Emyvale

The wooden backing of the plaque had rotted and earlier this year it fell down. It was found by a walker and was handed in to the nearest house, the residence of Paul and Ann Bowe. I had been talking about the plaque already to Peadar McMahon and when I told him that the plaque had vanished at Easter, he was quick to establish its whereabouts and to ensure that it was repaired and replaced.

Restored Blue Bridge Plaque

Restored Blue Bridge Plaque

On behalf of the William Carleton Society, I would like to tank Peadar once again for all his assistance in making sure that this afternoon’s event ran smoothly. A minibus service (Morans) was provided to and from Emyvale Leisure Centre to the Blue Bridge.

Singer Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich at the Blue Bridge

Singer Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich at the Blue Bridge

Later the Carleton Players were joined by actor Pat Deery (narrator) for a reading of Carleton’s story, the ‘Fair of Emyvale’. Around seventy people attended and received refreshments afterwards.

Seamus McCluskey, Emyvale greets Professor Thomas O'Grady at the Blue Bridge, Emyvale

Seamus McCluskey, Emyvale greets Professor Thomas O’Grady at the Blue Bridge, Emyvale

All in all, a very pleasant afternoon in Emyvale followed by a successful performance of Carleton’s story to an appreciative audience at Emyvale Leisure Centre.

Breege Lenihan, Tydavnet at unveiling of Blue Bridge restored plaque

Breege Lenihan, Tydavnet at unveiling of Blue Bridge restored plaque

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