Libraries get a history lesson

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Sligo town and Tubbercurry libraries will host a fascinating talk and presentation on Monday next, February 22 about the 1916 Rising.

RISING: Historian and RTE presenter Myles Dungan will speak on the 1916 Rising in Sligo library on Monday next. Photo: Adrian Donohoe.
RISING: Historian and RTE presenter Myles Dungan will speak on the 1916 Rising in Sligo library on Monday next. Photo: Adrian Donohoe.

The package, entitled “Paths to Freedom” will be presented in Tubbercurry Library at 10.30am by historians Oliver Fallon, Ian Kenneally and RTE presenter Turtle Bunbury.

Then at 7pm in Sligo Central Library in Stephen Street, well known historian, writer and presenter Myles Dungan and historian Maurice O’Keeffe will give the presentation.

Both events are completely free to the public, but due to limited space, booking is essential. Phone 071-9111721 to reserve your seat.

“Paths To Freedom” is aimed at explaining the many “shades of green” that existed in the run-up to the Easter Rising, and to show that the so-called ‘long decade’, 1912-1923, was a pivotal decade in our nation.

Fronted by RTE broadcasters Myles Dungan and Turtle Bunbury, the event focuses on the changing nature of Irish life and politics in the years leading up to independence, and explains that the Rising was part of a wider narrative, not the whole story.

Meanwhile, Pegasus Consulting, who put together “Paths To Freedom” will bring their new musical production “The Count, The Countess & The Tommy” to King House in Boyle, Co. Roscommon (in May) and The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon (September) as part of a limited nationwide tour.

The show, written by Myles Dungan, will feature the music of Count John McCormack, sung by baritones Simon Morgan and Brendan Mac Quaile and Mezzo-Soprano Lisa Lambe.

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