Culture Night in Ireland

watercolour of Pearse's Cottage by Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn
Teach an Phiarsaigh, le Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn

Yes, it’s Culture night again in Ireland, all sorts of cultural events happening, all over the place.  What do we mean by Culture?  That’s a thorny question – but I’ll tell you where I’m going to be tonight – in the heart of Connemara, in Ros Muc, following in my father’s footsteps.

Bhí pictiúr againn sa bhaile de Theach an Phiarsaigh. Bhí sé ag crochadh inár seomra suí agus muid ag fás – pictiúr ar dhath m’athair fadó. N’fheadar an raibh a fhios agat go raibh Clann Mhic Lochlainn gaolta le Pádraic Mac Piarais?  Bhí. Is sin sean-uncail linn a bhí ann. Fuair mo athair bás nuair a bhí mise deich mbliana d-aois ach bhí a fhios agam i gcónaí go raibh an-támhacht ag baint leis an bpictiúr seo agus leis an teach seo i Ros Muc.  Is dócha go raibh mo athair ag leanúint i gcoiscéimeanna an Phiarsaigh nuair a dhath sé an pictiúr sin.

Thaistil an Piarsach trasna go Ros Muc le feabhas a chur ar a chuid Gaeilge.  Thuig sé an saibhreas a bhí ag baint leis an teanga sa Ghaeltacht, saibhreas nach bhféadfaí a aimsiú i leabhair. Thuig m’athair an rud céanna agus, cé gur tógadh é féin agus mo mháthar le Béarla, bhí rún acu a gclann féin a thógaint le Gaeilge agus mar sin, thaistil m-athair trasna go Conamara mar a rinne an Piarsach roimhe.

Déantar éachtanna ar pháirc an chatha gan amhras – ach déantar éachtanna gach lá sa ghnáth saol freisin. Tá mise fíor-bhuíoch do mo thuismitheoirí mar gur bhronn siad an chultúr Ghaelach orm.  Anocht, thaistigh uaim a gcoiscéimeanna a leanúint mé féin agus machnamh a dhéanamh ar an chaidreamh a d’fhás idir an Piarsach agus muintir Chonamara agus idir m’athair agus muintir Chonamara.  Agus tá mé ag déanamh iontais anois cén sórt caidrimhe a fhéadfaí a mhúscailt idir ‘Jackeen’ cosúil liom fhéin agus muintir na h-áite.

Tá sé an-dheas a bheith anseo…

The watercolour above was painted by my father Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn a long time ago. It’s a painting of Patrick Pearse’s cottage in Ros Muc.  Close by, there’s another cottage, it was built in 1890, it was a great place for gatherings in the long evenings, it even had an illegal poitín still, once upon a time.  It belongs to Eibhlín and Antoine Ó Mainnín – and it’s there we’ll be staying for the next little while.  Here’s a photo of it below…

teach i Ros Muc

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2 comments

  1. Loved the painting, loved your piece; not too happy about Ros Muc being turned into a tourist center, though. Ah well; Pearse was an educator and if it educates anyone from anywhere, I’d reckon he’d be proud of it.

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    • Thanks Óglach. I know what you mean about tourism but if it’s any consolation, I reckon Ros Muc is too far off the beaten track and anyway, they’re making such a ham-fisted effort of the project that it’ll never become a bustling magnet for tourists.

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