Canon James Goodman - Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland
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N 51° 32.957 W 009° 16.148
29U E 481338 N 5710944
Canon James Goodman (1828 - 1896) was famed not only for his works in the Church of Ireland but also for his assembled collection of traditional Irish music and as a Professor of Irish.
Waymark Code: WM70F3
Location: Munster, Ireland
Date Posted: 08/14/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
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As a Cleric:-
Goodman studied at Trinity College, Dublin, having gained a scholarship in 1847. He was ordained curate of the Church of Ireland in 1851 (his father had been rector of Dingle) and married Charlotte King in 1852. They had three sons, one of whom later drowned while a student. Goodman's first date posting was to Creagh Parish in West Cork in 1852. In 1859 he moved to Killaconagh, on the Beara peninsula, where he preached in Irish. He was posted to the parish of Abbeystrewry in Skibbereen in 1866 as a Canon of Ross, remaining there until his death in 1896. In 1867 he self-financed the rebuilding of the local church.

As a Music collector:-
While still in Ventry he learned to play the flute; later in Beara he took up the uilleann pipes. Around this time Goodman began collecting music. His collection was first published in May 1861, at the time consisting over 700 tunes. Some 150 of the tunes were drawn from Tom Kennedy, a (blind) piper living on the Dingle Peninsula. In all his collections numbered over 2000 tunes annotated in both Irish and English. This collection was in manuscript form and now resides in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.

He played a set of Taylor pipes which he later gave to his friend Alderman Phair.

As a Professor of Irish:-
Goodman was appointed Professor of Irish in Trinity College in 1879 and combined this position with his clerical duties, spending alternating six months in each location. Among his students were Douglas Hyde and John Millington Synge.

Source: Wikipedia
Associated Religion(s): Church of Ireland

Statue Location: Grounds of Abbeystrewery parish church in the town of Skibbereen.

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