On Thursday, November 12, the Barney Library in Farmington will host Tom O’Carroll for a special Thanksgiving program on the Irish diaspora, presented through story and song. This program will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Barney Library at 71 Main Street.
“The Irish Diaspora” is an examination of the Irish influence around the world from early times to the present. The narrative begins with the founding of the Dal Riada kingdom on the Scottish coast, followed by Irish monks journeying abroad. Tom will then detail through stories and song the Flight of the Earls, the Cromwellian clearances to the Carribean, and the Irish Brigades and Regiments of the Wild Geese formed in France, Spain, Portugal and Austria. Departures from Ireland due to the Great Hunger of the 1840’s and transportation to Australia and Tasmania will be illustrated. In more recent times, the Irish have fled a poorly managed economy, and the music and songs of this period evoke an emotional underpinning not to be found in the mere telling of the facts.
Dublin-born folklorist, folk-singer and instrumentalist Tom O’Carroll brings a wealth of stories, humor, wit and history to his performances. Whether playing a plaintive air on the tin whistle or singing and playing rousing traditional songs to the accompaniment of the guitar or the bodhrán (Irish drum), Tom will captivate all with his lively program.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance for this program by calling the library at 860-673-6791, using the online registration form, or visiting the Barney Library. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.