Launch of Scoil an Athar Tadhg CD 2018

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh Launches Carraig na bhFear CD For Assistant Dogs

The legend that is Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh visited Carraig na bhFear on Friday to launch Scoil an Athar Tadhg’s 2018 Charity CD.  Éilís Ní Chinnéide of “Lumiere” was guest artist on the CD with all proceeds to be shared between two worthy charities, My Canine Companion and the Irish Guide Dogs (assistant dogs unit).  The excitement had been building in Carraig na bhFear all week in anticipation of the visit. A huge “Fáilte is daichead” was extended to Micheál as he posed for photographs and met the people of Carraig.  Micheál was delighted to meet Cork Legend Denis Coughlan who’s grandchild, Beth is a fifth class student in school. He also shared stories with Denis Begley, a fellow West Kerry native and brother of Fr. Joe, the current parish priest in Micheál’s native town, Dingle. Mr. Hanafin welcomed the huge turnout to the packed school hall and thanked Éilís Ní Chinnéide and the musicians who once again gave their time and talents to the project. Past pupil Rory McCarthy, Mick Collins from Clonakilty, local drummer, Martin Leahy and Máire Ní Bheaglaoich with her silken skills on the accordion were supported by staff members Siobhán Mullins and the gifted Noel Collins.  Joe went on and explained the work undertaken by both charities.  On a recent visit to the Guide Dogs on the Model Farm Road, he witnessed one hundred and seventy two dogs currently in various stages of development and training.   Mr. Hanafin stated that it was shocking to think that such an organisation was totally dependent on voluntary support, an opinion later echoed by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. Recently appointed school principal, Marc Ó Síocháin said that he was aware of the production of a CD in Scoil an Athar Tadhg long before taking up the post in February.   He complimented the musicians, the children, the teachers and especially Mr. Hanafin in producing the school’s eight CD. In introducing Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh,  Mr. Ó Siocháin described him as a man steeped in the tradition of our country and a person who promoted our native language at every opportunity. He said Micheál, the former múinteoir,  príomhoide, sports trainer and of course commentator is the most recognised voice for generations of Irish people and that his love of language and culture was infectious. Micheál spoke of the tremendous lesson in life it was for the children to help other children live more independently, a lesson he felt would stay with them as they progressed through life.   As his love of dogs is well known,  Micheál was delighted to launch the CD which is on sale locally and has been promoted in surrounding supermarkets over the last number of weeks.   His love of the dogs was evident in the way the dogs present accompanied by volunteers from both charities posed for the cameras with Micheál.  The distinguished guest stayed until all requests for photographs were satisfied and shared many tales of interest with a captivated audience.   Mr. Sheehan and Mr. Hanafin presented Micheál with a beautiful painting of Faiche na bhFilí on a piece of slate from Glen House the home of “Tórna”, Tadhg Ó Donnchada, kindly donated by May O’Donoghue.  The slate painting was the work of Fermanagh native, Tom Smyth. The Carraig na bhFear Senior Citizens will fondly remember their Friday dinner and the special guest that took the time to greet them all.  Micheál regaled them with some words of wisdom while they enjoyed the beautiful meal prepared by chef, Michael Twomey.


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