Carlow and the Oscars

This Sunday will see the 91st Academy Awards aka The Oscars, and Carlow has more Oscar connections than you might think. Let’s take a closer look at some of Carlow’s Oscar Contenders in the lead up to the big night…

 

Saoirse Ronan

So let’s start with the most obvious – Saoirse Ronan. Raised in Carlow, Ronan attended Ardattin National School and when she was just 13 years old she was nominated for her first Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) for her role in ‘Atonement‘ in 2008.

Ronan has been nominated twice since – in 2016 for ‘Brooklyn‘ (Best Actress) and in 2018 for ‘Lady Bird‘ (Best Actress).

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Saoirse Ronan at the Academy Awards the years she was nominated.

GB Shaw

Next on our list is GB Shaw, the first person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award (Bob Dylan is the only other person who has won both). Shaw wrote many plays over the course of his lifetime, and his play ‘Pygmalion‘ was adapted into a screenplay – twice!

The first was in 1938 when ‘Pygmalion’ was remade for the silver screen, and Shaw won an Oscar for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay‘.

Then in 1964 ‘Pygmalion’ was adapted again, this time retitled as ‘My Fair Lady‘. This film became an awards juggernaut – it was nominated for 12 Oscars and won 8, including ‘Best Picture‘. The film was nominated for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ but unfortunately didn’t win this time around!

GB Shaw’s mother, Lucinda Gurly, was from Carlow and Shaw donated various properties to Carlow for the benefit of Carlow people. The George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow is named in his honour.

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The posters for ‘Pygmalion’ (1938) and ‘My Fair Lady’ (1964).

Granny O’ Grimm

Kathleen O’ Rourke from Ballyhide, Carlow, was the writer and voice of ‘Granny O’ Grimm‘, a short animated film about Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady who loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified grandchild.

‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’ received an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Animated Short Film‘ at the 2008 Academy Awards.

Kathleen very kindly donated some items from her trip to the Oscars, and they are on display in the museum in our “Arts and Entertainment” display.

Granny O’ Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – created by Brown Bag Films.

 

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Museum volunteer recognised by Carlow GAA for outstanding service.

January 2019

On Saturday the 19th January Carlow GAA held their 29th annual Awards Night in Mt. Wolsley. One of Carlow County Museums own volunteers, Seán O’ Reilly, was recognised and awarded for his outstanding service to Carlow GAA.

Seánie has also been a volunteer with the Museum for several years, proving that his spirit and generosity to Carlow knows no bound!

From all of us here in the museum and across Carlow, well done Seánie! You’re an incredible example to us all – keep up the great work!

 

You can see the rest of the winners on Carlow GAA.

 

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Carlow County Museum moonlights as Carlow County Cinema!

January 16th 2019 marked the 142nd birthday of Michael O’ Hanrahan. Born in Wexford but raised in Carlow, O’ Hanrahan played a highly important role in the 1916 Easter Rising, and was executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol in May 1916. To mark the occasion An Ciorcal Gaeilge watched a special bi-lingual documentary detailing the life of Michael O’ Hanrahan.

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An Ciorcal Gaeilge enjoy a multi-lingual documentary on the life of Michael O’Hanrahan who helped found Conradh na Gaeilge in Carlow in 1898.

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Michael Governey Book Launch

24 November 2018

We were delighted to get our hands on a copy of ‘Michael Governey 1852 – 1924’, written by his grandson Mr. Eugene Carbery. The book was launched last week in the Town Hall, with various guest speakers. Congratulations Eugene for a wonderful and informative book – it’s since become a favourite for our volunteers to borrow when they come into the museum.

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A copy of ‘Michael Governey’ on display in front of our Governey’s Boot Factory exhibit.

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Lucinda Sly Walking Tour 2018

On the 2nd November 2018 we held our Lucinda Sly Walking Tour around Carlow County Museum and Carlow Town; the tour was run as part of Scarefest, a week long Halloween celebration around Carlow. The tour tells the tragic tale of Lucinda Sly, who was hanged for murdering her husband in 1835, along with her alleged accomplice John Dempsey.

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Our tour guide John McDarby discusses how Lucinda Sly sold bread and butter in the area around Shamrock Square.

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St Laserian at Lorum Co Carlow — Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

I was hoping to have this post ready for the feast day of St Laserian on the 18th of April but better late then never. St Laserian has strong associations with Co Carlow and I have discussed the modern pilgrimage to St Laserian at Old Leighlin Co Carlow in previous posts. The saint is also associated […]

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