Gaeltacht, Portraits

“The man who jumped out the window”

Unveiling of painting of Padhraic O Congaile by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Philomena Ní Leathlobhair, Máire Barnard agus Micheál Ó Máille, Príomhoide ag nochtadh mo phictiúr i Scoil Náisiúnta Bhriocáin, an Gort Mór  (pic:  Seán Lydon)

(Scroll down for the English language version)

Agus muid ag déanamh taighde ar Éirí amach na Cásca i Ros Muc, chuala muid tagairtí go minic ar an bfhear ar léim amach an fhuinneog.  Ach cé bhí ann agus cén fáth gur léim sé amach fuinneog?

Pádraig Ó Conghaile an t-ainm a  bhí air, príomhoide Scoil Náisiúnta an Ghoirt Mhóir agus b’eisean an fear ar thug Pádraig Mac Piarais go Ros Muc don chéad uair riamh.  Tá Micheál Ó Máille, an príomhoide san scoil céanna inniu, tar éis leabhar iontach a fhoilsiú faoi agus bhí an seoladh oifigiúil ar siúl an Aoine seo chaite ag Scoil Náisiúnta Bhriocáin, an Gort Mór.

Bhí sé an-dheas go raibh gar iníonacha Phádraig Uí Chonghaile ann chomh maith don ócáid agus ag deireadh na h-oíche, nocht siad pictiúr a bhí daite agamsa dena seanathair.

But why did he jump?

Well, really you need to read that wonderful book by Micheál Ó Máille to get the full story but this man Pádraig Ó Conghaile was involved in the War of Independence. (In fact, he was the man who brought Patrick Pearse to Ros Muc in the first place).

He was the schoolmaster and one day while he was teaching in the classroom,  the sound of an army lorry was heard approaching in the distance. The Black and Tans! Quick as a flash, he jumped out the window at the back of the school and escaped up the Gort Mór mountain.

During our art project Ag Seasamh an Fhóid, I painted his portrait and then, last Friday, following the book launch, the painting was unveiled by his grand daughters Philomena Ní Leathlobhair and Máire Barnard.

http://scoilbhriocain.weebly.com/

http://tuairisc.ie/an-fear-a-thug-an-piarsach-go-ros-muc/

Ag Seasamh an Fhóid/

http://www.eoinmaclochlainn.com/

http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/

 

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