The Daniel Corkery Summer School is an annual Inchigeelagh village event of music, workshops and lectures, to celebrate the life of Daniel Corkery, 1868-1964, who lived in and loved the village.
Daniel Corkery, a native son of Cork, was a poet, playwright, novelist, critic and nationalist, perhaps best known for his book 'The Hidden Ireland' (1924), his classic study of literature in the Irish language. He was also a talented water-colourist, propagandist of the Republican cause and in all things he was a teacher. As a U.C.C. lecturer, his students included Frank O'Connor and Seán O'Fiolain.
This year we will stage our 24nd annual Daniel Corkery Summer School in Inchigeelagh, County Cork from July 15th-20th.
Last year the keynote was: ‘John Tyndall 1820-1893’. This year our gaze initially fell on a collegue of his at UCC, George Boole, but rapidly moved to his five Irish born daughters.
“George Boole’s legacy surrounds us everywhere: in computers, in information storage and retrieval, and in the electronic circuits and controls that support life, learning, and communications in the 21 st century.” This much is known to students of technology and mathematics.
But how many of us appreciate his legacy handed on through the lives and works of his daughters? By Mary Ellen, Margaret, Alicia, Lucy Everest, and Ethen Lilian Boole?
All five were born in Cork City. Three of them inherited the gene of mathematical advance; the fourth became the first female professor of chemistry in England; and the fifth wrote a novel which, best-selling both in Russia and in China, inspired, amongst others, George Bernard Shaw and Dmitry Shostakovitch.