Bloomsday to be celebrated in Clonakilty with a Joycean breakfast for all

Posted on: 8th June, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

June is going to be an exciting month for Clonakilty’s fans of The pSoken Wrod. The guest speaker at the June 2 meeting in de Barra’s Folk club is Ian Wild, playwright, novelist, composer and actor, famous for his award-winning play ‘Mrs Shakespeare’. Ian will present a selection of his work from 8.30pm onwards.

June 16 is celebrated worldwide as Bloomsday and in Clonakilty The pSoken Wrod and de Barra’s Folk Club will be similarly remembering Ireland’s most influential poet and novelist, James Joyce. ‘Ulysses’, considered to be one of the most important works of modern literature, tells the story of one day in the life of Leopold Bloom – Thursday June 16, 1904 — the year Joyce met Nora Barnacle. The day was first celebrated in Ireland in 1954, the 50th anniversary of the first Bloomsday, when writers Flann O’Brien and Patrick Kavanagh visited various locations in Dublin mentioned in the book.

Celebrations will begin outside Clonakilty Post Office on Bloomsday at 11.45 am. Suitably attired in period costume and straw boaters, if one wishes, the party will saunter down Pearse Street to de Barra’s where a hearty, Joycean breakfast of blue cheese, liver, kidneys and such will be provided. There will be readings from ‘Ulysses’; among the readers will be Hennessy Award-winning poet, Afric McGlinchey and poet Brendan McCormack (the brains behind the day). Printouts of extracts from ‘Ulysses’ will be available for those who wish to read a little Joyce and savour some extracts of the day, both literary and gastronomical.

De Barra’s itself has already won the ‘James Joyce Pub Award’ as an authentic Irish pub; a plaque outside bears the inscription ‘A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub’. The same might be said of Clonakilty.

The pSoken Wrod is indebted to Ray Blackwell, de Barra’s, Clonakilty and O’Neill’s Butchers who are sponsoring the Joycean breakfast.

Also in June, The Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 19-21. Taking part in the many artistic activities planned for that weekend will be writers and poets from the pSoken Wrod – Friday June 19, de Barra’s Folk Club, 5-7pm and Saturday, June 20, the Emmet Hotel from 10pm onwards in the beer garden. For a full list of the participants see psokenwrod.blogspot.com. For a full schedule of the events visit Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival on Facebook and local press.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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