EFFE Label 2015-2016

The Percy French Festival has been recognized by EFFE International Jury to receive the EFFE Label 2015-2016. www.effe.eu        

Summer 2013

The Percy French French Festival –‘The French Connection’ in association with Roscommon County Council is part of The Gathering Ireland 2013 Confirmed 2013 Speakers and Perfomers with more to follow

Professor Luke Gibbons

Luke Gibbons, is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and formerly taught at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Dublin City University.  He has published widely on Irish culture, film, literature, and the visual arts, as well as on aesthetics and politics. His many …

Fr. Brendan Hoban

Brendan Hoban was born in Ballycastle, Co Mayo in 1948. He attended Ballycastle Boys¹ NS, St Muredach¹s College, Ballina and St Patrick¹s College, Maynooth before he was ordained for the diocese of Killala in 1973, where over the last 40 years he served in seven parishes and for a term as Communications Officer. Since 1980 he has written a weekly …

Dr. Ethna Regan

Dr. Ethna Regan is Head of the School of Theology in Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University. She previously taught ethics and theology at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where she lived for over a decade. A Holy Faith Sister, she worked with their Trinidadian non-governmental association, Credo Foundation for Justice, in a centre for socially displaced children …

Liz Wall

Liz Wall came into office as National President of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association in May 2012. She was elected to national leadership roles during the commencement of the modernization of the ICA and as well as holding the office of President she is also the Chair of Development (2007 to date) and has held many other leadership roles in the …

Dr. Pauric Travers

Pauric Travers is an educationalist and historian. He is a graduate of UCD where he completed his BA and his MA and the Australian National University where he completed his PhD. He was appointed first lay President of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in 1999. He is a member of DCU Governing Authority. He is a founding Director of the Centre …

Mary O’Rourke

Mary O’Rourke is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. She is a former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Longford–Westmeath and Westmeath constituencies. She served as Minister for Education (1987–91), Minister for Health (1991–92) and Minister for Public Enterprise (1997–2002). She was also a member of Seanad Éireann from 2002–07. In 2011 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of …

Mark Patrick Hederman OBS

Mark Patrick Hederman is Abbot of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. A former headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School, he is author of a number of books, the two most recent being Underground Cathedrals, Columba Press, 2010 and Dancing with Dinosaurs, 2011. With a doctorate in the philosophy of education, Mark Patrick studied in Paris under Emmanual Levinas. With a reputation for …

Dr. Arnold Horner

Dr Arnold Horner has lectured in Geography at University College Dublin over many years. Specialising in the geography of Ireland and in the history of mapping in Ireland, he has written three books Mapping Offaly in the early nineteenth century (2005), Mapping Meath in the early nineteenth century (2006) and Mapping Sligo in the early nineteenth century (2011). These books …

Berrie O’Neill, North Down Percy French Society

A Lecture given by Berrie O’Neill of the Percy French Society at the Second International Percy French Summer School at Castlecoote House, Castlecoote, Co.Roscommon, 17th July 2010. When I reflect on what I call my journey with Percy French it sometimes appears to me that in the matter of promoting appreciation of Percy French some outside invisible force is at …

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

On 11 November 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland. A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for …