The Anthony Clare Memorial Session

The last formal session of the festival will honour the memory of Anthony Clare, the psychiatrist who, professionally and also through a wider media presence, touched the lives of many.

He had a personal and professional commitment to the arts which was evident when he visited his adoptive home in Waterville, in a relationship with Iveragh which his untimely death tragically cut short.

Tonight that interest in the arts, especially in the written word, will be explored by Professor Brendan Kelly, who is working on a biography of Anthony Clare.

The London-based actor Peter Marinker, who has played in Tech Amergin a number of times, will present a one-act play “Terry and Tony”. The Terry of the title is Terence Alan “Spike” Milligan and the Tony is Anthony Clare, whose interview with Spike Milligan about his depression on the BBC series The Psychiatrist’s Chair in 1982 still resonates.

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The short play is in fact a monologue in the voice of Spike Milligan.

Cahersiveen poet Sean Sugrue will present “Isolation Island/SUPER ME, his filmed poem about bipolarity and Portmagee writer and storyteller Seán Ó Laoire will present his own narrative about facing up to and dealing with depression.

And, if time allows, there will be other reading and contributions.