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Lecture series continues with ‘On Raglan Road’

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. (The Guardian/
Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. (The Guardian/

The Irish Heritage Lecture Series continues on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas O’Grady, director of Irish studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, will be this week’s guest speaker. His talk will be about Patrick Kavanagh’s song/poem “On Raglan Road”.

A poignant registering of the hurt of unrequited love, this poem was introduced into the Irish ballad repertoire in the 1960s by Luke Kelly of The Dubliners. Since then it has become a standard recorded and performed by countless singers over the ensuing decades, including Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison.

O’Grady will explain the long and tangled history of “On Raglan Road”. His talk will explore that history along with the literary immortality of the dark-haired beauty, who inspired the poem in the first place. Plan to attend and learn “the rest of the story”.

The lecture takes place at the Edward Whelan Irish Cultural Centre at 582 North River Rd. in Charlottetown. There is no admission charge; donations are welcome to help with expenses. Everyone is welcome.

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