Humble Beneath the Mountains

Venue: Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre, George Street,
Town: Mitchelstown
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Phone: 0873920423
Wheelchair Accessible: Partially
Age: All Ages
Booking Required: No


‘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.

Saint George’s Arts and Heritage Centre was established in April 2019. We held our first event in May and have held several other successful events since then. Saint George’s is undergoing a €1 million restoration and is being converted into a modern venue that respects its historic and cultural past. We are working with other agencies to develop the centre as a corner-stone of arts, heritage and tourism in mid-Munster. We are only forty minutes from Cork (three minutes from the M8 Junction 13); twelve minutes from Fermoy; thirty minutes from Mallow and thirty minutes from the Rock of Cashel.