Jan 2013
Brendan Grace Smitten By Glenveagh Mystery

Photo T. Williams
Irish comic genius, Brendan Grace, recently met up with Thomas Williams, manager of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim. Brendan was in magnificent form after playing to a packed house in the hotel. Brendan received a signed copy
of 'Glenveagh Mystery' from Thomas and also had time to have a chat
about the book and to offer his assistance in promoting the project. A big thanks to Brendan and also to his manager, Tom Kelly, for an incredible night.


December 2012
The Wexford book launch

T
he Wexford book launch took place in 'The Book Centre', Main Street, on the evening of Monday, December 17th 2012. Mark Casey and the staff of 'the Book Centre' did a wonderful job in creating a warm and festive atmosphere for the many guests, friends and family who attended. Tony Walsh, spokesperson for the project, was MC for the evening. Ann Tute, renowned harpist played her superb musical composition, 'Kingsley' to everyone's delight. Dick Walsh, manager of 'the Talbot Hotel', the Project's main sponsor, spoke eloquently about his initial interest in 'Glenveagh Mystery' when he met the Porter team on one of their many visits to the hotel. The Porter Project team would like to thank 'the Book Centre' for their most generous hospitality and all who travelled for far and near to attend the Wexford book launch of 'Glenveagh Mystery'.

Book signing at Antonia’s Bookstore.....

The Porter team attended a book signing at Antonia’s Bookstore
, in Navangate, Trim, on the morning of December 15th. LMFM broadcasted live from the bookstore and interviewed several members of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team, including author, Lucy Costigan, Project Manager, Thomas Williams and Media Spokesperson, Tony Walsh. The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project would like to thank Antonia Daly and her wonderful staff for inviting Lucy and the team to her warm and cosy bookstore for the book signing.

Book signing of ‘Glenveagh Mystery’ at Barker and Jones, Naas

Lucy Costigan and the Porter team attended a book signing at Barker and Jones’ Bookstore, in Naas on the afternoon of December 15th. Fr. Peter is pictured obtaining a signed copy of ‘Glenveagh Mystery’ from the author in the bookstore. Thanks to Jason and all the staff for organising the event.

November 2012

Glenveagh Mystery Top Ten National Best Seller


The fantastic news that greeted the Porter team on Monday, November 19th was that Glenveagh Mystery had achieved National Best Seller status by being listed in the Argosy Top Ten Non-Fiction Best Seller list. Argosy is the wholesale book dealers that accumulate the weekly sales of all books sold in Ireland under the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction and Children’s books. Glenveagh Mystery had been published the previous week by Merrion and, after a sensational week of sales in Ireland and in particular in County Donegal, the book went straight into the top ten list at number nine. The Porter Project team wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported the book and project, and most especially all those who have bought the book and contributed to making it a bestseller. The Kindle edition of the book is now available worldwide, including the United States. Read More>>

Westcourt Hotel Drogheda Entertains The Porter Project Team In Style

The superb Westcourt Hotel located in West Street, Drogheda, played host to the Porter Project team to mark the book signing event in the town on Saturday, November 24th. Hotel manager, Valerie Sherlock, and the staff of the Westcourt Hotel treated the Porter team to a four-course dinner in the magnificent West29 Restaurant. The impressive and varied menu included a number of delectable starters, including a traditional vegetable soup that warmed the cockles of two team members’ hearts, while the delicious asparagus fritter was enjoyed by the rest of the team.

The main courses selected included a steak dish with pepper sauce, a tasty enchilada served with salad and fries, an exotic barramundi with Asian spiced vegetables and a fresh salmon dish that was described as ‘astounding’. The dessert unanimously chosen by all team members was the goat’s milk ice cream dish in chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla flavours, served in a delicious wafer basket.

Teas, coffees and chocolate mints completed an exquisitely divine meal. Thanks to Valerie and the staff of West29 for an outrageously sensational evening. 
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Book Signing in Drogheda of National Best Seller

Author, Lucy Costigan, was in the Drogheda Tourist Office on Saturday, November 24th 2012 to sign copies of her best selling book. The book inspired a library exhibition that was displayed by librarian Anne Keaveney at Drogheda Library and a children’s art competition.
The winners of the art competition were presented with their prizes before the book signing by Anne Keaveney and author, Lucy Costigan. The winners were Manuel Cuevas Souto, Adrianna Hayes and Áine Cassidy. Each winner received a family pass to Millmount Museum, a selection of books sponsored by Drogheda Library, and a certificate from the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project. More Images Click here

Book Signing at the Headfort Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath

Author Lucy Costigan was in the Headfort Arms Hotel, in Kells on Saturday, November 24th, to sign copies of her best selling book. The book became a top ten National best seller within 48 hours of publication. Major Sarah Reilly organised the book signing as there is a major connection between Kingsley Porter, the subject of the book, and the high crosses of Kells that Porter began researching in 1928. Local artist, Conor Ferguson, presented Lucy with a replica of the High Cross of Kells to mark the occasion.

The Porters visited Ireland in the summer of 1928. They rented Bective House, in Co. Meath, from Charles S. Bird Junior. While there, they had the use of six servants, a car and driver and two riding horses. Kingsley began studying the Irish language and researching High Crosses
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The Porters travelled to Kells to photograph several important Celtic High Crosses. Kingsley Porter’s theories about the origins of High Crosses were extremely controversial. His research culminated in the book, ‘The Crosses and Culture of Ireland’, published in 1931 by Yale University Press. Above Lucy Costigan is pictured at the High Cross in Kells.

Book Launch Held in Glenveagh Castle on November 17th 2012: Minister
McGinley describes Glenveagh Mystery as a work of  ‘research and scholarship’
and ‘a page turner’


Glenveagh Castle was the stunning location for the book launch of Glenveagh
Mystery
by Lucy Costigan.  A capacity audience of more than one hundred guests
celebrated the launch of this long awaited book, after two and a half years of
research and writing by Lucy Costigan, with invaluable assistance from the
members of the Arthur Kingsley Porter team, Thomas Williams, Michael Cullen,
Theresa Cullen and Tony Walsh. Minister Dinny McGinley, Minister for State for
Gaeltacht affairs and the islands, officially launched the book in the castle’s
spectacular drawing room. Read more.

Glenveagh Mystery Is Bestseller in Donegal Within 48 Hours of Publication

The Porter team are delighted to announce that Glenveagh Mystery has become a bestseller in Donegal within 48 hours of being on sale in bookshops across Co. Donegal and all over Ireland. Thank you to the people of Donegal and to everyone who has helped to make the story of the life, work and disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter a bestseller. Author, Lucy Costigan, and Merrion CEO, Conor Graham are pictured above in 'The Four Masters' Book store in Donegal Town.

Ostan Loch Altan Celebrates The Launch of Glenveagh Mystery In Gortahork

Sean McElwee, owner of the charming hotel, Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork, Co. Donegal, celebrated the launch of Glenveagh Mystery by holding a dinner in honour of Kingsley Porter, author Lucy Costigan and the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team. Sean has come on board with the Porter team to promote fascinating tours, along with Martha’s Travel Corner and Garvin Boyce Travel, based on the story of the mysterious disappearance of Kingsley Porter. The special four-course dinner that was arranged for the Porter team, the artists who have created unique collections and members of the media who have helped to promote the project in Donegal, was simply delicious. A magnificent choice of fare was offered to guests that included a delectable vegetarian dish: Goats cheese tartlet with red onion marmalade, house salad and balsamic syrup. Other dishes included turkey and ham with red wine gravy, roast sirloin of beef with Gaelic sauce, oven baked salmon with hollandaise sauce and bacon wrap chicken with white wine and mushroom sauce. Each dish was complimented by a selection of seasonal vegetables, potatoes and chips. Desserts in Ostan Loch Altan are a heavenly experience, but choosing one celestial dish above another is a very difficult dilemma to overcome! Guests could choose from apple pie and fresh cream, chocolate coated profiteroles, lemon meringue pie or jelly and ice cream. Afterwards, tea and coffee were served to complement the best meal that the Porter team has ever tasted anywhere in the world. The team would like to thank Sean and his staff for making the evening a very special and delightful experience, and for all their warmth and hospitality.

Omagh Players Re-enact The Glenveagh Mystery


On the evening of Thursday, November 15th, drama lovers in Gortahork and the surrounding districts were treated to an excellent and provocative production of The Glenveagh Mystery by the talented Omagh Players. The Porter team, accompanied by Sean McElwee and Loic Jourdain, were delighted to attend the event. The drama was written by Kate Hinds. It is the story of Kingsley and Lucy Porter, focusing on Kingsley’s sudden disappearance from Inishbofin on July 8th 1933 and the subsequent inquest held the following September. The opening scene is set in Glenveagh Castle on the evening of July 7th. Scene 2 takes place in the castle courtyard. Scene 3 is a reenactment of the inquest and scene 4 is the resolution of the mystery. Audience participation is requested throughout the performance. The following is a list of characters involved in the drama and the actors who portrayed each part: Dr. P.J McGinley, Coroner (Ronan Conway), Arthur Kingsley Porter (Dermot McCormack), Lucy Porter (Orlagh Bann), Eileen O’Hanlon, housekeeper/cook (Mary Cahill), Marie (Bernie Doody), Pat McColl, islander (Frank McCanny), Owen McKee, boatman (Trevor King), AE Russell, writer and friend of the Porters (Nick Cassidy), Michael Doherty, Marie’s betrothed (Patrick McKenna).

Dundalk 100 FM Broadcasts from Glenveagh Castle

Michael Duffy of Dundalk 100 FM broadcasted live from Glenveagh Castle on the day of the book launch. Michael interviewed the Arthur Kingsley Porter team, including author, Lucy Costigan, researcher, Theresa Cullen, promoter, Thomas Williams and Media Spokesperson, Tony Walsh.  The recorded material will be used as part of a documentary being created by Dundalk 100 FM around the story of ‘Glenveagh Mystery’ and the Arthur Kingsley Porter story. Thanks to Michael and his crew for their promotion of the book and most especially for their presence in Glenveagh Castle on the day of the book launch.

Book Signings in Co. Donegal

Incredible book signings of Glenveagh Mystery by author, Lucy Costigan, were held in three locations in Co. Donegal: at Falcarragh Heritage Centre on Thursday, November 15th, at Eason’s of Letterkenny and in The Four Masters bookshop in Donegal Town on Friday, November 16th.

Falcarragh Heritage Centre

Thanks to the manager of the Heritage Centre in Falcarragh, Helena McClafferty for organising the book signing and for providing refreshments. The Heritage Centre is also known as An tSean Bheairic, the Old Barracks, where Lucy Porter first reported Kingsley Porter missing on the evening of July 8th 1933. Thanks to everyone who attended the book signing and to all the artists who exhibited their Porter collections in the craft centre.

Eason’s of Letterkenny


Thanks to Mariana Souza, Senior Supervisor, and to all the staff at Eason’s of Letterkenny for arranging the book signing and for looking after the author and the Porter team. It was lovely to meet so many local people who had a burning interest in the Porter story.

The Four Master’s, Donegal Town


Thanks to Rosaleen O’Rourke and the staff of the spectacular Four Masters Bookshop in Donegal Town for their wonderful hospitality on Friday evening, November 16th, during their Retail Extravaganza. Author, Lucy Costigan was kept more than busy signing books all evening as a steady flow of locals bought ‘Glenveagh Mystery’ as a Christmas gift for loved ones and as a special winter treat for themselves. Renowned Slovakian violinist, Vladimir added to the revelry by playing a selection of classics and modern favourites, and even serenaded Lucy during his superb performance.


Letterkenny Institute of Technology Provide Filming Team For Book Launch
The superb technical team of Patrick Campbell, Head of the Techical Department at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and his students, Bartosch Krempula, Kieran Diver and Philip Puercher, filmed the book signing at Falcarragh Heritage Centre on the afternoon of Thursday, November 15th, and the book launch at Glenveagh Castle on November 17th. The technical team will use the footage of both events to produce a documentary project around the book, ‘Glenveagh Mystery’. The Porter team wishes to thank Patrick Campbell, Cormac O’Kane and the student project team for filming both events.

Radisson Blu, Letterkenny 

The Porter team wish to thank the management and staff of the Radisson Blu in Letterkenny throughout the entire project, and most especially Claire Harkin, Reservations Manager, during the week of the book launch.

Patrick Gallagher and Garvin Boyce Travel Companies Transport The Project Team In Donegal

Photo Sharon Costigan
The Porter Project team wish to thank Patrick and Martin Gallagher of Patrick Gallagher Travel and Garvin Boyce Travel for their fantastic transportation of the Porter team throughout the Porter project. The generosity of the Gallagher and Boyce Travel companies has been second to none.

Drogheda Arthur Kingsley Porter Project Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the, for children aged 8 – 12 years, held in conjunction with the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project and Drogheda Library.

The winners are:
Adrianna Hayes (aged 8)
Manuel Cuevas Souto (aged 11)
Áine Cassidy (aged 11).

Well done to Adrianna, Manuael and Áine, and to all who took part in the competition. The winners will receive their prizes at the book signing of ‘Glenveagh Mystery’ on Saturday, November 24th at the Drogheda Tourist Office, The Tholsel, West Street, Co. Louth. Prize winners will receive a family pass to Millmount Museum and Tower (kindly sponsored by Millmount Museum) and a certificate from the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project. Special thanks to Anne Keaveney and to the staff of the Drogheda Library for exhibiting the Arthur Kingsley Porter exhibition and for organising the art competition.

Glenveagh Mystery Featured On TV3's Morning Show

Lucy and Tony were interviewed on TV3's Morning Show on Monday, November 12th by Martin King and Aisling O'Loughlin. Lucy was asked about the revelations that she discovered during the book's reseach, particularly relating to the inquest that was held into Kingsley's Porters disappearance. Tony chatted with Martin and Aisling about Kingsley's early life that has been revealed in the book for the first time.

October 2012
Daniel O’Donnell Mesmerises The Porter Project Team


Daniel O’Donnell pictured with researcher, Theresa Cullen and author, Lucy Costigan. Jewellery is by Donegal jewellery, Lisa Mullen

Daniel O’Donnell, Donegal’s renowned singer and ambassador, met the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team in RTE on Friday, October 27th, before his appearance later that evening on The Late Late Show. Daniel was delighted to receive a copy of Glenveagh Mystery and to hear how this incredible story has created a platform for bringing tours into Donegal and other Irish counties associated with the enigmatic Professor Porter. Daniel, who hails from the village of Kincasslagh, could not have been more gracious and showed a genuine interest in the Porter Project. Link to Daniel’s site>>> READ MORE>>>

Kildare TV Interview

Tony Walsh with Lucy Costigan on Kildare.tv
Noel Shannon, star interviewer with Kildare TV, spoke to two members of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team; Lucy Costigan, author of ‘The Glenveagh Mystery’ concerning the mysterious disappearance of the famed historian, and Project spokesperson Tony Walsh. The jewellery of Donegal artist, Lisa Mullen, who has designed the Kingsley and Lucy Porter jewellery collection is also featured. Thanks to everyone at Kildare TV, particularly Programme Producer, Patricia Rochford, for promoting the book and upcoming book signing in Naas, in Barker and Jones on December 15th at 3pm. Web LINK
September 2012
Paul Flynn Artist


Paul Flynn artist (photo irishphoto.org)
Paul will be creating a unique collection of portraits based on the story of Kingsley Porter and his wife, Lucy. Web>>>
Sensational Storyteller Gearoidin Breathnatch Meets the Porter Team

Gearoidin Breathnatch with Lucy costigan (photo irishphoto.org)
On Thursday September 20th the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team met up with Gearoidin Breathnatch, Seanchai and seanos singer form Donegal. Gearoidin had the project team under her spell with her incredible ability to tell stories. She is currently creating a sensational collection of stories around the life and times of Arthur Kingsley Porter and the forth-coming book by author, Lucy Costigan, which will be launched in Glenveagh Castle on November 17th 2012.

Martha’s Travel Corner Comes To Ireland

Maura McElwee and Sean McElwee, Martha Conover, with Lucy Costigan (photo irishphoto.org)
The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team had a successful and productive meeting in Dublin on September 20th with our tour company director Martha Conover from Martha’s Travel Corner, Illinois, USA. Martha confirmed that the Arthur Kingsley Porter tours in Ireland will be taking place from July 2013. Also attending the meeting was Sean McElwee and his partner, Maura, from Ostan Loch Altan hotel in Donegal. Sean is designing a reading lounge in honour of Arthur Kingsley Porter for his hotel in Gortahork. Martha is perfecting several plans to extend the Porter tours to various towns in Ireland that have a direct link to the life and times of Kingsley Porter.

Dundalk FM Supports The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project

Radio presenter, Michael Gavin Duffy, from Dundalk FM will broadcast live from Glenveagh Castle on November 17th during the book launch of Glenveagh Mystery. Michael is the presenter of the popular morning show, Town Talk, and he became fascinated by the incredible story of Kingsley and Lucy Porter when he interviewed both Thomas Williams and Lucy Costigan on his show. Dundalk 100FM, broadcasts 16 hours a day, 7 days a week from the heart of Dundalk, Co. Louth, and worldwide via the Internet. To listen to Dundalk FM live online click here.

Omagh Players To Stage Murder Mystery In Gortahork

The Omagh Players have created an extraordinary play, entitled Murder Mystery, based on the inquest that was held in Gortahork in September 1933 to ascertain the cause of death or otherwise of Arthur Kingsley Porter. The drama was written by playwright, Kathleen Hinds. It will be performed in the community hall in Gortahork, the actual location of Porter’s inquest, on Thursday, November 15th at 7.30pm.

Ostan Loch Altan in Gortahork Comes On Board
The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project would like to welcome Óstán Loch Altan, the beautiful hotel situated in Gortahork, Co. Donegal, on board as a major sponsor. General Manager, Sean McElwee, is very aware of the links between the Kingsley Porter story and Gortahork. 
Óstán Loch Altan, situated in Gortahork, North West Donegal, is a 39 en-suite bedroom hotel. It is named after Loch Altan, a lake situated at the foot of the northern slopes of nearby Mount Errigal. Gort a'Choirce, meaning field of oats, is in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht. Read more.
http://www.ostanlochaltan.com/ Tá Óstán Loch Altan suite i sráidbhaile Ghort a' Choirce i gceartlár Ghaeltacht Thír Chonaill idir an fharraige ar thaobh amháin agus faoi scáth an Eargail agus na Mucaise ar an taobh eile. Faigheann sé a ainm ó loch beag álainn atá neadaithe ag bun an Eargail, an sliabh is airde i dTír Chonaill. Sa cheantar seo is í an Ghaeilge gnáth-theanga labhartha na ndaoine - ceantar ina bhfuil ceol, amhráin agus damhsaí traidisiúnta á gcleachtadh go nádúrtha ann.
 
August 2012    
Renowned Harpist to play at book launch

We are delighted to announce that renowned harpist, Ann Tuite, will be playing at the Book Launch in Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal on 17 November and at the the Book Event at the Book Centre in Wexford town on 17 December. Ann is also composing a unique piece of music to commemorate Arthur Kingsley Porter and this will also be played at the book launches. Ann will also be the offical harpist and singer for the Arthur Kingsley Porter Tours, as organised by Martha's Travel Corner. Ann will play for tour guests in the Shelbourne Hotel in July 2013.

Ann has played for Presidents, Prime Ministers and many other dignitaries both nationally and internationally. Ann is a classically trained Harpist, Pianist and Singer. She is an accomplished Traditional Harpist with titles including 'All-Ireland Harpist' to her name. Read more.

Minister McGinley to launch book in Glenveagh Castle
The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project are honoured to announce that the Minister for State for Gaeltacht affairs and the islands, Mr. Dinny McGinley, will launch Glenveagh Mystery: The Life, Work and Disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter, in Glenveagh Castle on 17 November 2012 at 2pm. Read more.

The Radisson Blue Letterkenny Comes On Board Web>>>

The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team would like to thank Elaine Mcintyre and the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny for their continued support of the Project and for their incredible generosity.

July 2012
   
Slaney View Motors, Wexford: New Sponsors of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project

Ms. Margo Doyle, Marketing Manager and Principal Dealer with Slaney View Motors, Carcur, Wexford, presents Lucy Costigan, on behalf of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project, with a new Honda car.

The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team welcomes on board Slaney View Motors from Wexford, stockists of Honda. On Thursday, August 6th, Ms. Margo Doyle, Principal Dealer and Marketing Manager for Slaney View Motors, presented Lucy Costigan on behalf of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project, with the Keys to a new Honda car. Lucy and the Project team wish to thank Margo and Slaney View Motors for the extraordinary sponsorship offer. Without this very generous offer the team would have great difficulty in completing its extremely heavy schedule around the book launch, book signings and feature film. The Project team really appreciate this fantastic sponsorship offer and wish to thank Margo and Slaney View Motors for their incredible assistance and support of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project. (Read More).
     
     
The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project team wish to thank Mark Casey, Manager of the Wexford Book Centre for their incredible generosity in providing the venue and refreshments free of charge, for the major launch of local author Lucy Costigan's book, 'Glenveagh
Mystery: The Life, Work and Disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter'. This is the incredible true story about Harvard Professor and multimillionaire, Arthur Kingslley Porter, who vanished without trace from Inishbofin Island, Co. Donegal on 8th July 1933. There will also be another big announcement on the night not to be missed! Again a huge thank you to Mark and the Wexford Book Centre.
     

Martha Conover of 'Martha's Travel Corner' is Official Tourist Company of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project
We welcome Martha Conover from Illnois, USA who is currently designing an extraordinary itinerary around the life and times of Arther Kingsley Porter in Ireland. These will be available in 2012/13. Web>>>
 
Welcome to Tony Walsh, Our New Media Spokesperson
We are delighted to announce that Tony Walsh has been appointed as Media spokesperson for the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project. Tony combines his gifts as an extraordinary communicator with his infectious enthusiasm to enhance the project.
His eclectic experience includes working as an holistic counsellor and therapeutic group facilitator with the suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, and as an officer with the Department of Justice. Tony’s academic qualifications include a degree in Psychology. His own philosophy is that life is one long learning curve that needs to be lived in this way to unfurl our uniqueness and achieve our happiest states. Tony’s first awareness of author Lucy Costigan was through her book ‘Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace’ which he saw as a great help and support to victims of bullying. Tony is extremely excited about the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project and is delighted to become the newest member of the team, to help maximise the positive potential of this extraordinary project.  

Author Lucy Costigan welcomes Tony Walsh as Media Spokeperson.

Tony Walsh receives a warm welcome from Mchéal
 

June 2012
The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project welcomes on board our new sponsor the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.

The Shelbourne Hotel is where Arthur Kingsley Porter and his wife, Lucy, stayed whenever they visited Dublin in the early 1930s.   Read more>>
Arthur Kingsley Porter on TV3 (Irish TV
)

The Morning Show 11th June 2012, with Claire Brock and Martin King interviewed Lucy Costigan author of 'Glenveagh Mystery' with film producer Cliodhna Kennedy on TV3 Studios in Dublin (photos irishphoto.org and Harvard University Archives) Video here here >>

The Arthur Kingsley Porter Project would like to thank Mary and Hugh
Smith for their warmth and kindness during our stay.


The accommodation and food were excellent and we look forward to staying there again. (P. Hogan pic)
May/June 2012

May 31st/June 1st 2012 Portfolio on the Regeneration of Inishbofin Handed Over to Donegal Representatives by the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project



Charles Sweeney, Mayor Noel McBride, Michael McGarvey, Brendan McGloin
On May 31st Thomas Williams, Manager and Promoter of the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project, met with representatives of Donegal County Council

May 2012

May 1st Meeting with the Donegal Association, Regency Hotel, Dublin


Photo P. Hogan
Project Manager, Thomas Williams and author, Lucy Costigan were invited to the meeting with the Donegal Association at the Regency Hotel, Dublin. Thomas outlined the Porter Project plan for tourism in Donegal and the regeneration of Inishbofin Island. The upcoming book launch and feature film were also discussed. The Project team would like to thank the Donegal Associatio for their incredible, positive responce for Donegal and Inishbofin Island and for providing several important contacts. We will be working closely with them and keeping them uptodate over the coming months and years. Special thanks to Charles McGinley, for first introducing me the the Donegal Association, and to Sorcha Ni Dhomhnaill, Chairperson, for inviting the Porter Project team to the meeting.

April 2012
Welcome to Talbot Hotel Wexford Our New Sponsor

The Kingsley Porter Project Team welcomes The Talbot Hotel Wexford on board as sponsor. The Talbot Hotel Wexford is where the Porter team has held their meetings since the very beginning of the project. This is where the first film script was originally written and many an important phone call was made to film companies and publishers, in the hotel's intimate and luxurious surroundings. The above photo shows author, Lucy Costigan, pictured with Dick Walsh, General Manager of the Talbot Hotel Wexford. Read more on AKP/ Talbot

Inishowen News, Harvard Professor's disappearance on Donegal island, 24 April 2012 Web Link >>>


ExecFlyer Helicopters on board
The Project is delighted to announce that we now have a Helicopter company on board. A warm welcome to ExecFlyer, to Jamie Laidlaw Dickson, Charter Sales Executive and all the staff. We look forward to working with you in promoting  Arthur Kingsley Porter tours in Donegal and the whole of Ireland. Web Link >>>

Donegal County Council
A huge thank you to Joeleen McDermott from Donegal County Council who has been working with the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project and is helping to promote the project in every way. Joeleen, your vision and enthusiasm is truly inspirational.

Press Interviews for April
Donegal Now
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Letterkenny Post
Link>>
Donegalnews.com
Link>>
worldirish.com
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Gearoidín Breathnach Renowned Storyteller (Seanchai) and Sean-Nós Singer Joins The Project Team of Artists and Performers. 
Gearoidín is a traditional storyteller or Seanchaí and a Sean-Nós singer from the Gaeltacht area of North-West Donegal. She is a native Irish speaker. Her father Neidí Frainc Mac Grianna was also a well-known storyteller and her mother was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. Gearoidín also works with groups from young children to adults and with people from all around the world who want to experience a taste of Irish  stories, songs and culture. Link

March 2012

The Project is very much indebted to Ann Shields from Cumann Amaitéarach Drámaíochta, for her generous assistance in putting us in touch with Donegal artists. Link

An enormous thank you to Cormac O’Kane, Head of Design and Creative Media at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and his gifted students for basing their college project around the setting up of a video link from Glenveagh castle to the Conference centre during the book launch. Your innovation and generous contribution in handing the technical aspects of the launch are much appreciated. Web: http://www.lyitdesign.com/

This month eight talented artists have signed up with the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project to create a unique collection of jewellery, knitwear and art works based on the life of Arthur Kingsley Porter and his wife, Lucy. Also, an exceptional poet has come on board to compose an original collection of poetry based on the Arthur Kingsley Porter story. READ MORE>>

February 2012

Inishbofin Comes Alive
The incredible, remarkable Fr. Brian Ferry is the anchor man to reawaken the story of Kingsley Porter on Inishbofin Island. Fr. Ferry is coordinating the plan to regenerate the island with the assistance of the Porter Project team. So far Fr. Ferry has met with a group of stone masons who are travelling to the island to survey the remnants of the Kingsley Porter hut located on the north-east side of the island. The plan is to reconstruct the Porter hut based on its original design and construction. There is a further project being developed to commemorate the Professor who disappeared from Inishbofin on 8 July 1933 with a stone sculpture located on the island. Fr. Ferry is also in negotiations with Údarás na Gaeltachta to assist financially with the regeneration of the island and with sponsorship of the stone sculpture to commemorate Kingsley Porter.  

Plans for Stone Sculpture for Inishbofin

The sculptor who has been chosen to create the stone sculpture to commemorate Kingsley Porter is Brendan McGloin, from Donegal Town. Brendan’s work is of an exceptional nature and his sculptures around Co. Donegal are renowned for their poise, splendour and grace. His famous stone sculpture with arch on the Promenade of Bundoran is both inspirational and in complete harmony with the natural beauty of the coastline and sea. Brendan’s work also incorporates Celtic designs from the High Crosses that are located in Clonmacnoise and other monastic centres in Ireland.

A spectacular design for the Porter monument has already been agreed with the artist. But, as with Porter’s own mysterious disappearance, the design will remain a closely-guarded secret until its official unveiling.     

Craft Centre for Inishbofin
Fr. Ferry, along with the Arthur Kingsley Porter team, envisages a craft centre on the island which will be coordinated with a tour company and also with the assistance of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

January 2012

Donegal Airport

Welcome to our first sponsor, Donegal Airport. We would like to thank Pauline Sweeney and the staff of Donegal Airport for coming on board as the first major supporter and sponsor of our book and film, about the mystery that surrounds the disappearance of American Professor Arthur Kingsley Porter. We applaud their courage and true vision.