Launch of 2015 Michael J Murphy Winter School programme

October 19, 2015

The annual Michael J Murphy Winter School, which will take place in the Ti Chulainn Centre, Mullaghbawn next month, was officially launched on Wednesday by the vice Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Gillian Fitzpatrick.

This year’s event, which celebrates the unique history and folklore of the south Armagh area, will be held from the 18th to 22nd November.

Welcoming those at Wednesday’s launch, Ms Fitzpatrick said: “I am delighted to be present today at the launch of the 2015 Michael J Murphy Winter School. Folklore, history, culture, music – a Sense of Place: all of these are referred to in your programme and how important these things are in our fast paced, instant, digital world.  A link to the past, appreciation of the present and instilling the gifts passed through the generations to future generations is something that we should all treasure and work towards, and this is what the Michael J Murphy Winter School is all about.

“In his writing ‘Ulster Folk of Field and Fireside, Michael J wrote: “Slieve Gullion is off the official route of the tourist, but the scenery of the area is unequalled.  It breathes a mood found nowhere else in Ireland”.  How prophetic that one of my Council’s strategic aims is to become one of the premier tourist destinations on the island of Ireland, and it is events such as the Michael J Murphy Winter School that can help the Council achieve this ambitious aim.

“On behalf of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council I wish to thank those who have worked so hard on this year’s programme.  I hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable and successful 2015 School.”