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Percy French Concert at Claregalway Castle.
January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm€15
Location: Galway - Ireland
Claregalway Castle will host a special evening of song and recitation in memory of the well-loved and highly talented Percy French who died on 24th January 1920. Percy was born at Cloonyquinn Co. Roscommon on Mayday 1854. His father was a local judge and minor landlord whose forbearance with his tenants during the famine caused him severe financial problems leading to the loss of his Roscommon estate and the taking of his nine children to live in England. William, or Percy (it was his mother’s maiden name) as he preferred to be called returned to Ireland at his father’s behest to study Civil Engineering at Trinity College in Dublin. He did not have an academically positive experience in Trinity; he spent all of his evenings playing on the banjo in the orchestra in The Gaiety Theatre. A fellow student was a chap named Charles Manners who collaborated with Percy in a Black and White Minstrel stage act. Percy later claimed that because of his delay in qualifying Trinity had to make a choice between giving him a degree or granting him a pension! Read the full story at Claregalway Castle.com
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