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Monday, 26 September 2016
Seán O'Sé and LIam O'hUigin To be honoured this Friday in Cork City Hall
8th Annual Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition Cork City Millennium Hall/Lecture Hall, City Hall, Cork. Friday September 30th 2016. 10:00 – 18:30. For this year, Mr. Seán O'Sé will be awarded the Lord Mayor's Community Heritage award in grateful appreciation for his immense contribution to the cultural life in Cork. Mr. Liam O'hUigin will be awarded the Cork Local Historian of the year award.
Seán Ó Sé is a native of Bantry, Co. Cork, where he was born into an Irish speaking family immersed in traditional music and song. He studied singing under the late John T. Horne at The Cork School of Music. Seán had a long association with Seán Ó Riada, which began with their recording of An Poc ar Buile for Gael-Linn. He sang with Ó Riada on several radio and television programmes, most notably Fleadh Cheoil an Radio. He is featured on many of Ó Riada’s recordings including Ó Riada sa Gaiety and the film music of Rhapsody of a River and Kennedy’s Ireland.
Since Ó Riada’s death Seán has recorded with Donal Lunny, Dermot O’Brien and Peadar O’ Riada He has also featured on a number of Comhaltas Echoes of Erin CDs.
In recent years he has toured in Moscow, Shanghai and Havana with Comhaltas. In July he will go to The Catskills north of NY for their famous Irish Festival and he has recently returned form visits to Milan and Cape Breton.
“My name is Liam O’hUigin (William Higgins) and I was born in Henry Street in the Middle Parish (Hammond’s Marsh) 1941. I was baptised and celebrated my First Holy Communion and Confirmation in St. Peter and Pauls Church, Cork City.
I attended St. Josephs School on the Mardyke 1945-1954. I left school at 14 years of age with my Primary Cert and became a Messenger Boy in Musgraves in Cornmarket Street.
My mother who was born in Vicar Street, off Barrack Street died when I was a young lad so I spent a lot of my youth with my Grandmother and Aunt in that part of the City. Therefore, I grew up in the two most historical parts of Cork City: the Middle Parish and the South Parish.
As I got older I took a profound interest in the street names and laneways in Barrack Street and in the North Main Street areas. And as the saying goes you never forget the neighbourhood or the children you grew up with.
Looking back, when I think of all the wonderful times I had in the Marsh area particularly the Mardyke and the Lee Fields we spent so many glorious days there swimming, fishing, playing football, hurling and cricket and the fun we had in Piper’s Merries and Fitzgerald’s Park, and as we got a bit older, courting.
When I think back to those wonderful childhood days we had a charmed life; we made our own enjoyment, no Facebook, Twitter or Iphones in those days.
When I hear the song “The Banks of My old Lovely Lee” I get very emotional as it brings back so many memories.
As I got older the love and passion for the Heritage, Culture and Tradition of my dear City of Cork grew more and more as if the blood in my body became part of the River Lee. It was only then that I realised that I grew up in a City that had the most beautiful people in this world.
I went back to school in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa to further my education when I was in my late fifties and there I was introduced to computers – what a change.
I got involved in the Cork South Parish Historical Society of which I am now the P.R.O., and I am a Committee Member of the Ballyphehane Commemoration 1916 Group.
I now give lectures and power point presentations to schools, ladies and gents retirement groups, Day Centres, nursing homes, sports clubs and anyone who is interested.
I also do walking tours and speak about the rich colourful history of our beautiful City of Cork.
I would now like to thank a few people who are helping me in this new phase of my life.
My wife Joan who must be a saint at this stage for putting up with me, my two daughters, and my two sons, who are so helpful to me with my computer problems.
My friends in Ballyphehane, Togher, C.D.P., Kieran McCarthy, Ronnie Herlihy, and Pat Kelly who knows more about world history than anyone I know.
But most of all I want to thank Richard T. Cooke for all the help and encouragement he has given me down through the years.”