Charles Macklin Autumn School
This annual event is held in memory of Charles Macklin who was born Cathal MacLochlainn, in 1698 in Culdaff, County Donegal. Macklin was one of the most distinguished actors of his day, most famous for the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
You can only conclude that he must have been really good if he is still remembered more than 200 years following his death in 1797. He is also remembered for killing a fellow actor in an argument over a wig, though that would probably be a less celebrated part of his life.
In addition to lectures and discussions about Macklin, his life and his work, there are poetry and creative writing workshops, art exhibitions, craft demonstrations and concerts. A special focus in 2011 is on the history and origin of place names in Northern Ireland, and in particular those on the Inisowen peninsula. There is also an antiquarian book exhibition and sale.
Inisowen is a stunning beautiful part of Ireland and joining an organised walk during the weekend, or heading out for a drive around the coast is highly recommended.
Visitor Information and Location Map
Most events take place in a local hotel, McGrory’s with others in the church, the local national school and the wonderfully named venue The Wee Hall. Details on the Charles Macklin website.
Culduff is a bit of a drive from…. well, from everywhere really, but it’s a drive worth making.