William Dargan, engineer and philanthropist, died 150 years ago in 1867. It’s fantastic that a group of Carlow historians, including Pat O’Neill, have organised a seminar to mark this anniversary. Great line up of speakers who’ll reveal lesser known aspects of Dargan’s remarkable career.
The all day seminar takes place in the aptly named Dargan Centre for innovation at the Institute of Technology, Carlow on Sat 18 Nov 2017. Further details from Pat O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leitrim Guardian, an annual voluntary community magazine, celebrates 50 years in 2017. This year’s launch is in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 10 November 2017.
As in the past 20 years or so, the Editor asked me to select the winners among the best prose and poetry pieces accepted for publication. This year there were 60+ submissions so choosing 2 prose and 2 poetry winners was not easy. The winners are announced on the night at the launch. The cash prizes are modest but the boost to a novice writer or a poet’s confidence is immeasurable.
It’s a happy coincidence that the weekly county paper is the Observer and the annual magazine is the Guardian.
The Rape Crisis Centre does excellent work supporting victims of rape and sexual violence. Recently their premises at 70 Lr Leeson St, Dublin 2 were renamed McGonnell House, in gratitude to a generous benefactor.
Brendan McDonnell, a very successful business man who died in 2014, left almost his entire estate to a number of chariites. His generous legacy enabled the RCC to buy no. 70 Lr Leeson St, a building they had rented heretofore, thus ensuring security of tenure for ever.
Brendan McGonnell was one of 7 authors who wrote their life story as a joint project in a book called Circle of Friends. A beautiful, large format, full colour hardback it was published privately in 2016 and as Brendan Coyle, the coordinator of the project says in the Foreword, the book came out in memory of their good friend, Brendan McDonnell.
We were pleased and proud to be involved in its publication.