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23rd Aug 2024
to 24th Aug 2024

Age Range
All ages

Áras Inis Gluaire


Éigse & Imirce

This event is about exploring some aspects of the history, heritage and traditions of Erris, through a collaborative project between Baile Slachtmhar Bhéal an Mhuirthead and Áras Inis Gluaire, supported by the Creative Mayo Communities Grant Scheme.  Immerse yourself in an enlightening seminar featuring talks, discussions and readings from poets and speakers intimately connected to Erris and its fascinating past and especially the Tuke Fund and Assisted Emigration of 1882-1884. 

The event will also include the launch of Mary C Reilly’s latest volume of poetry ‘Castle of Stars’. The book will be launched by Myra Owens.

Speakers will include:

  • Geraldine Mills 
  • Jane Kennedy
  • Mary C Reilly  
  • Rita Ó Donoghue
Fear an Tí (MC): Ian MacAindriú

In 2000 the late Rita Nolan wrote:

156 years ago a stranger from Yorkshire came to Erris. His name was James Hack Tuke and he was a Quaker. He did not come, as most visitors do today, to enjoy our salubrious air, our beautiful beaches or magnificent scenery; he came with a mission. Rumours of terrible events had reached him and his friends…They found horrors beyond their wildest imaginings.

It was Rita’s earnest hope that Tuke would be remembered and commemorated in Erris for all he had done to help its people.  

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