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Press Release

Give me the flowing line           

Celebrating the life of Fr. O’Flynn (1881-1962) of The Loft and his work with people in Cork who stammered.

In January, 1961, the BBC televised a programme entitled It Happened to Me, and the world got to know about Fr Christy O’Flynn, an 80-year-old parish priest of Passage West, who had by then become a legend in his native Cork. More than 30 years earlier, Fr O’ Flynn had opened a school of drama, music and philosophy, situated next to the renowned Shandon steeple in Cork City, which became known as The Loft.  Here, he founded the Cork Shakespearean Company.

In The Loft, Fr O’Flynn not only taught drama, he also worked with people who stammered.  He helped people at a time when there was no speech and language therapy service in Cork City. It is almost 50 years since the passing of this remarkable man and, to commemorate the event, the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC are holding this exhibition to celebrate Fr O’Flynn’s work and the progress made in the last 50 years in providing speech and language therapy for the people of Cork.

The exhibition is launched at the Jennings Gallery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, on Thursday 6th October 2011 at 6.00 p.m. There will be some brief talks about Fr O’Flynn and about speech and language therapy in Cork today.  The exhibition will be officially opened by Donncha Ó Dúlaing, the broadcaster from Cork who is known country-wide for his sports and traditional music programmes. He currently presents Fáilte Isteach, Saturday evenings, on RTÉ Radio 1. The exhibition will run 6th October – 4th November 2011.


The Jennings Gallery

Áiléar Jennings

College of Medicine and Health, Brookfield Health and Science Complex, College Rd, UCC