Séamus O’Dwyer was a quiet Wexford postman who hit the headlines in the mid-twentieth century due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of opera-singers and voices, which lead to a twenty-seven-year friendship with Dr Tom Walsh, founder of Wexford Festival Opera.
While keeping his day job Seamus and Dr Tom Walsh worked closely together from 1950 with the early Gramophone Society, through the early years of the Wexford Opera Festival.
Discover the fascinating history of this Wexford man and how Wexford town was full of music at the time of the Festival’s creation.
Eithne Scallan is a local historian and genealogist who has given numerous talks through Wexford Historical Society and Wexford Library, broadcast extensively through RTE, including Opera Interval Talks, Sunday Miscellany programmes and Nationwide.
She has published a number of books on: The Twin Churches, Wexford Boat Club, Clonard Church, The Celtic Laundry, Dr George Hadden, The Stitching of the Ros Tapestry, The Story of the Garda Siochana in Wexford Town (2018) and - in collaboration with David Rowe - Houses of Wexford (second ed. 2016), as well as a light-hearted look at Wexford Festival adventures with witty illustrations - You Can't Be Serious (2005).
This event will be available through our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/tyc9pOS7SGE on Tuesday 13th October from 7pm.