The life of poet, Richard Murphy, will be remembered through a live performance of his work in ‘Richard Murphy, Sunshine Fisherman and the Cleggan Disaster’ on Saturday 4 August 2018.
Considered one of the greatest Irish poets of our time, Richard Murphy, who lived in Cleggan in the 60s and 70s, was best known for his four major collections, Sailing to an Island (1963), The Battle of Aughrim (1968), High Island (1974) and The Price of Stone (1985). He passed away on 30 January 2018 at the age of 90.
The performance, which has been organised by the Cleggan Claddaghduff Community Council, is directed by Jeananne Crowley and features Olwen Fouere, David Heap, Ben Keating, Macdara O Faherta and oilean piper Padraic Keane. The evening, which will explore Richard’s cultural legacy within the locality, will feature the first ever staged reading of The Cleggan Disaster, with Emily Murphy, the poet’s daughter delivering an epilogue on the night. A complementary visual exhibition by well-known local artist, Margaret Irwin, will also take place on the day.
In addition to creating this commemorative piece of work, the Cleggan Claddaghduff Community Council also intends to transform the local community hall, originally built as a sports hall, into a dramatic theatrical venue both for the occasion and for other events in the future.
Richard Murphy, Sunshine Fisherman and the Cleggan Disaster will take place at 8pm on Saturday 4 August in the Claddaghduff Hall.
Tickets are €15, and available by contacting Sue McAdams on 085 723 227. Booking essential.