DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA: MY FOUR YEARS IN WASHINGTON
Thursday January 26 2023
Clonakilty GAA Club, Ahamilla
Brian O’Donovan was RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent during a tumultuous time for the US. Donald Trump’s chaotic and controversial presidency dominated the political agenda. His handling of the Black Lives Matter protest movement and the Covid-19 pandemic saw the gulf between an already divided America grow even wider. Brian had a front row seat on it all and reported on major events including the election of Joe Biden and the storming of the Capitol Building. His memoir of his time in the US, Four Years in the Cauldron, provides an intriguing look at an extraordinary time in US politics.
Brian grew up in Farran, Co Cork and his father Jim is originally from Ardfield. Brian studied Communications in DCU and in a career spanning more than 20 years he has worked as a broadcast journalist for Red FM, TV3 and RTÉ. He is currently RTÉ's Work & Technology Correspondent. Brian lives in Dublin with his wife Joanna and daughters Lucy and Erin.
For Heritage Week 2022, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has once again decided to do a film documentary. As part of our celebrations, we will be visiting the historic coastal village of Timoleague which is situated at the mouth of the Airgideen river estuary on the cusp of Courtmacsherry Bay. It is a picturesque place steeped in historical fact, along with myth and legend, and to take us back over the centuries our guides are Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O’Mahony.
We hope that the viewer will enjoy our visit to this historical coastal village and its hinterland with its spectacular scenery and rich folklore. It is indeed a place of historical importance with its ancient abbeys and wonderful artistically endowed churches. It is only by a visit that their beauty and uniqueness can be fully appreciated.
Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6s9pgGBst8
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage's third volume of the popular “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal” is now available at local outlets costing €10. It contains 12 excellent articles examining different aspects of local history and built heritage, focusing on the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, as well as many interesting photos - some of which have not been published before.
We are delighted to announce that the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage published book, ‘Clonakilty Town Council a History 1613 – 2014’, is now available.
This project was organised by a sub-group of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage who engaged the services of Dr Matthew Potter, an authority on local government in Ireland, who was joined by Dúchas members Tomás Tuipéar and Michael O’Mahony, to write this comprehensive history. In the words of our Cathaoirleach Tim Feen, ‘this is a veritable history of Clonakilty’.
The limited edition of 200 illustrated books, containing previously unpublished documents and research specific to Clonakilty, are available at :
COUGHLAN’S, Rossa Street, KERR’S, Ashe Street and PADDY MEADE’S, Pearse Street, at € 25.
In the current environment many individuals, clubs and organisations locally are currently putting measures in place to keep the morale up and keep people occupied (in the safety of their own homes), and so Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage have decided to make available for free the two volumes of the Duchas Clonakilty Heritage journal as PDFs on our website here
It is possible to read / download the entire journals or just individual articles.
Feel free to share link http://www.duchasclonakiltyheritage.com/index.php/journals to family, friends or anyone who you think might enjoy these articles!