Cork - Cork County / Mitchelstown

Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre

Humble Beneath the Mountains

‘Humble Beneath the Mountains’ will feature readings, stories and music relating the links between Saint George’s and several literary and cultural figures. The writer William Trevor was baptised in the former church, George Bernard Shaw and his wife visited here, the woman raped by Oscar Wilde’s father is buried here and the poet Robert Graves’s grand-uncle was rector in Mitchelstown. Other associations lead us to forgotten writers including the novelist Mrs Victor (Louie) Rickard (neé Moore) who was friends with Sir William and Lady Hazel Lavery, Agatha Christie and G.K. Chesterton; Canon Courtenay Moore who wrote novels and history and his son Paddy, who was best friends with C.S. Lewis; and Rev. Devereux Spratt, who suffered ten years as a slave in Algeria in the 1600s and whose diaries reveal faith, sadness, loss and faith; and Edward, Viscount Kingsborough, who wrote ‘The Antiquities of Mexico’ which has become an important source of knowledge about the Aztecs and Incas.

Many wrote descriptions of Mitchelstown, not always complimentary, but nonetheless entertaining and interesting. Their links with Saint George’s are curious and eclectic. Those associations have been unearthed through painstaking research by historian Bill Power, chairman of Saint George’s Arts and Heritage Centre.

Time: 8pm - 9:30pm

Genres: Architecture / Heritage / History / Literature / Museum / Poetry / Talk / Tour / Visual Art / Visuals

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: George Street, Mitchelstown,


Phone: 0873920423

No Booking Required