|Jan and me with Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron|
|Prof. Eoin Burke at the launch|
|Ciaran Murphy at the book launch|
|Catherine de Courcy at the launch|
|Jan, me, Paul, Peter, Claire, Catherine and Bernard|
|Story Trail led by Bernard and historical Lismoreians!|
|St. Carthage in his Cathedral in Lismore|
Friday was a busier day with the school children doing the Story Trail with local characters like St. Carthage and Robert Boyle of the eponymous Law who was born in Lismore Castle, as his father Richard was the Earl of Cork. The weather held despite vile weather earlier in the week and a bad forecast.
That evening the first main event was held in the Courthouse Theatre. It was a panel discussion on the Legacy of Patrick Leigh Fermor, an acclaimed albeit little known travel writer. The panel consisted of Colin Thubron, the legendary Asian and Silk Road travel writer, Artemis Cooper (wife of Antony Beevor the historian), Jan Morris on a return visit to Lismore, and Tony Wheeler, the co-founder with his wife Maureen of Lonely Planet, the gold standard guide series.
|Robert Boyle explains Boyle's Law|
The panel discussion was chaired by Paul Clements and was riveting as Artemis Cooper introduced the man she called Paddy and knew as a dear friend. She is his biographer, and Jan Morris and herself and Colin Thubron are all involved in administering his estate on Crete, where he called home for many years. It was a fascinating insight to a dashingly handsome boys' own adventurer who had a somewhat rocky childhood - parents left him behind in England when they headed off to India, and when they returned as strangers he was uprooted from the only home he knew.
|The Panel discuss Patrick Leigh Fermor|
|Jan with Colin Thubron|
|Artemis, Tony, Jan, Colin and Paul|
I'll continue with the events of Saturday and Sunday in the next blogpost.