Life & Legacy, An Evening of Music & Word to Celebrate Seamus Walsh
Friday 8th April 2022 – 7.00 pm
All Welcome – Free Event
As we mark the year anniversary of the passing of our friend and colleague Seamus Walsh, Castlecomer Discovery Park would like to invite you to an evening of entertainment to commemorate Seamus’s life, writings and his dedication to keeping our coal mining heritage alive.
Seamus was a prolific writer, and his books “Coal in the Blood” & “In the Shadow of the Mines” documented first-hand accounts of life in the mines, and its impact on the wider community both socially and economically. A Poet, Seamus creatively wove words to evocatively convey life as a miner in Castlecomer.
On April 8th we will be joined by a host of musicians and speakers to celebrate Seamus. Contributors such as Martin Bridgeman, Michael Conway & Margaret McGrath amongst others will bring Seamus’s writing to life, as well as carrying on his passion to make sure that miner’s, their lives and our coal mining heritage is honoured and passed on to future generations. Music will be provided by the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, as well as Breege Phelan, Sarah Brennan, Majella Walsh, Joe Brennan amongst others. Seamus’s family will also contribute with music and readings.
Seamus had a life-long passion to honour the men that went down below, in our focus on finding alternative energy, the hardships and health impacts of mining on those men may be forgotten. Seamus was instrumental in making the coal mining museum a reality. In a fitting tribute we will be launching our free app “Castlecomer Museum of Mining” which makes the mining history included in our museum accessible to people from all over the world. We would like to thank the Heritage Council for their support of this project.
In creating the mining museum, Seamus didn’t realise that it would also be the catalyst for creating one of Ireland’s best social enterprises, creating jobs and helping to bring some civic pride back to a town that was impacted so much from the closure of the mines.
After two challenging years, this evening will be a wonderful night of music, song & readings and a welcome celebration not just for Seamus but for the community he loved so much.