The inaugural Percy French Summer School is an important collaboration for the Library Services as it reflects their strategies in partnering with a variety of groups, organisations, agencies and centres for the development and promotion of a variety of cultural activities, according to County Librarian Richie Farrell.
“The Public Library plays an important role in furthering access and appreciation of historical, heritage and cultural resources through its annual events programme. This Percy French Summer School is significant step in the continuing effort to have Percy French’s contribution to music, art, literature and the world of entertainment honoured and appreciated within the county of his birth and play our part in furthering collaborations and exchanges both nationally and internationally.
The efforts of Roscommon County Council, Castlecoote House, County Roscommon Percy French Society and enthusiasts abroad have been instrumental in bringing this inaugural school, with its varied and interesting programme to fruition.
“This school will provide an opportunity to further the recognition of French’s life and works and the influence and interest he still commands. The event also provides an opportunity for visitors and participants in the school to avail of other amenities and attractions within the county. We are confident it will also help to perpetuate the memory and status of this remarkable man and to place the focus back on our own responsibilities to ensuring that his legacy and profile are retained at the forefront of future cultural planning,” concluded Mr. Farrell.