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The Fourth Literature of Irish Exile
Autumn School
Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh - Saturday, 18 October 2003

The Fourth Literature of Irish Exile Autumn School took place on Saturday 18 October on what turned out to be a glorious autumn Saturday. For a pictorial representation of the day please click here. Approximately 50 people attended the event and were treated to talks on a varied selection of topics. Annesley Malley assembled an exhibit on 'Wooden Ships and Iron Men' which was on display in the Centre during the week after the School and he spoke about emigration from Derry. Dr Brian Lambkin displayed and talked about a recently discovered emigrant 'sampler' associated with D'Arcy McGee, a prominent Irish emigrant. Professor Patricia Coughlan and Piaras Mac Éinrí from University College Cork, both participants in previous Literature schools spoke on 'An Irishwoman in 19th century Paris and Paraguay: Anne Enright's The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch' (2001) and 'Homelands and other lands: 11September, Ireland and the Irish Diaspora', respectively. John Moulden took the participants around a Folk Park vibrant with sunshine and autumnal colours for his 'Songs of Emigration and Exile in the Outdoor Museum: at a fireside in the Old World, on board ship and in the New World'. At the end of the day participants relaxed with a reception hosted by Omagh District Council and a few words from their Vice-Chairman Mr Gerry O'Doherty. An enjoyable day was had by all.

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