Tim Pat Coogan lecture tomorrow

Féile 2011 continues this week with a host of events in venues throughout the Bogside, Brandywell, and Creggan areas.

One of the highlights over the next few days will be a lecture by one of Ireland’s best known historians, Tim Pat Coogan, at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin tomorrow night.

The former editor of the Irish Press’ lecture is entitled ‘Ireland - Yes we can?’ and will examine the state of modern Ireland.

Over the years, the historian’s books have attracted critical praise and have chronicled the lives of some of the major figures in Irish society, and, in particular, the republican movement. His first work, ‘Ireland since the Rising,’ was published in 1966 and was the first such commentary on the state. His seminal work, ‘The IRA,’ has been revised many times and is regarded as the definitive book on the organisation.

The lecture will be An Chultúrlann, Great James’ Street, tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Admission is free and those wishing to attend are advised to get their early.

On Thursday evening, former IRA hunger striker, Tommy McKearney, will launch his latest book, ‘The Provisional IRA; From Insurrection to Parliament,’ at Sandino’s, Water Street, at 7pm.

Tomorrow afternoon the Teenage Kicks music festival will be held in Guildhall Square from 1pm to 7pm. It is a collaboration between Féile, Divert, and the Practice makes Perfect all ages music event and will involve local young bands including; The Wonder Villains, Screendeath, and Jody has a hitlist. The Féile boat race will also take place on the Foyle tonight with teams from a number of community groups in the area. The race will begin at 6.30pm.