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an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh
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An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh

Ath-ainmniodh Ionad Cultúrtha go ‘Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh’ ar an 13ú Mí Meán Fhómhair 2014. Laoch mhór de chuid na háite ab ea an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh i dtosach an chéid seo chaite, laoch an chultúir agus an teanga, laoch forbartha áitiúil, duine a bhí sásta maitheasa an phobail a chur roimh a shaibhreas fhéin. Duine a bhí nách mór dearmadta i measc an phobail ach go bhfuil an pobal go mór faoi chaoimín aige. Beidh imeachtaí in omós an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh ar siúl gach Mí Meán Fhómhair – comórtais amhránaíochta, léacht, ceolchoirm le talann áitiúl agus mar sin de.

Ionad Cultúrtha was re-named Ionad an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh on September 13th, 2014. From a Coolea farm to scholarships in Paris, to the Papal Zouaves, the battlefields of the Franco-Prussian wars and the goldfields of New Mexico and then back home to fight for his native language and culture, but above all the wellbeing of his people. Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh presided over many births in the area, but none as historically significant as his role in the birth of the Gaelic Revival. In 1900 he was chosen to represent the Irish at the first Celtic Convention in Paris along with Padraig Pearse, Douglas Hyde and Eoin McNeill. He served on the first executive committee of Conradh na Gaeilge and had a major role in establishing the feiseanna, the first of which took place in Baile Mhúirne in 1898. Padraig Pearse, a friend and admirer of An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, visited him in 1904 and said of him, “Dr Lynch – that I speak of, is one of the most outstanding personalities in the Gaelic Revival at the beginning of the 20th century. In fact Ballyvourney would not be Ballyvourney without Dr Dónal.” A supremely entrepreneurial man, An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh also established a shop, a bakery, a monthly fair and a knitwear factory in the village, in his efforts to improve living standards. Part of this was his role in the Land League and the Land Wars. Celebrations in honour of an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh take place every September in his honour. These events comprise of sean-nós singing competitions, lecture and traditional concert, followed by a family gathering in one of the local hotels.

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An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh