Raised in Ventry Co. Kerry, James Goodman was a native Irish language speaker. He was educated in Trinity College Dublin & was ordained curate of the Church of Ireland in 1851. His first clerical appointment was to Creagh parish. Next he went to Killaconagh, on the Beara peninsula. In 1859 he was appointed to Abbeystrewry Skibbereen as a Canon of Ross.
He was appointed as Professor of Irish in Trinity College in 1879 alternating this job with his clerical duties in Skibbereen. He has been described as a Pastor, Preacher, Poet, Professor, Piper, and a collector of Irish Music.
On Wednesday 7th October at 8:30pm Jim Byrne from Skibbereen will be in Coppeen to present a lecture to CAHCS on Canon James Goodman 1828 – 1896. Jim Byrne now resides in the rectory in which Canon Goodman lived. He has studied the life story of this fascinating man and is recognized as being an expert on the subject.
Venue: the meeting room at An Caipín Bar Coppeen, on the R585 Cork to Bantry line. Everybody welcome. Admission €5 for non-members. A great night assured.