Antonio Piñeiro Feijoo

Birth Date: 21 de diciembre de 1959
Birth Place: Celanova (Ourense)


He studied Technical Engineering at the Labour University of Gijón and at the School of Industrial Engineering in Vigo (he did not finish his studies).

 Work & Activities

He has been working as a civil servant in the Town Council of Celanova since 1987, at the moment he is responsible for cultural matters, head of press and protocol.
He is a member of the Galician Association of Journalists.
In 1985 he participated in the refoundation of Curros Enríquez Patronage and became vice-president. Once the new Curros Enríquez Foundation was set up, he was nominated as secretary of the governing body of the Foundation.
He was on the editorial staff of “Onde o mundo se chama Celanova”, a magazine published by Coelerni-Solpor Cultural Centre.
In 1996 he participated in the foundation of the “Seminario de Estudios Celanovenses”. He was also the secretary of this institution and promoted the restoration of the choir in the church of San Salvador Monastery (Celanova) and the foundation of ‘Cachiquimbra’.
Since 1985 he has collaborated in several means such as in ‘La Región’ (Ourense), working in the areas of Celanova and the Baixa Limia until 1998.
Since 1993 he has been writing in ‘La Región’ a weekly column with articles about political, social and cultural news in Ourense and Galicia. Since 2000 he has been writing this column twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday) under the epigraph “Ourensalia”.
In several years he mainly wrote about different social, cultural or historical aspects of the provincial geography, especially everything related to the cross-border relations between Galicia and North Portugal.
As for journalism, he was awarded ‘Festa do Pulpo’ Journalism Prize in O Carballiño in 1992 and “Xosé Aurelio Carracedo” Prize in 1997.
In 1998 he elaborated he section referred to the cultural activity of Ourense for the Action Plan and Promotion of the tourist activity in Ourense, created by the Provincial Tourism Patronage of Ourense.
He collaborated in ‘Auria’ and ‘Raigame’ and has published several monographs about aspects of the history of Celanova such as ‘140 anos da Historia da Banda de música municipal de Celanova’, as well as lots of reports and articles about various themes, mainly history, related to Ourense and its province.
He was the scriptwriter and coordinator of “Pedra e Poesía”, video-documentary about Celanova.
He wrote “A casa da neve”, published in “Contos sen fronteiras”, together with Luís García Mañá, Bento da Cruz and Antonio Lourenço Fontes, Eixo Atlántico (1999). He also wrote ‘O castigo silenciado’, published in “Coroa literaria para Roberto Blanco Torres contra a súa morte” (Edicións do Castro, 1999) and “Pepe Velo, pensador, soñador e mestre revolucionario” (Colección Crónica - Xerais 2000), which is a biographic study about Xosé Velo Mosquera, ideologist of the plot of the taking of “Santa María”, the Portuguese ship led by Henrique Galvao.
In January 2000 he participated in the foundation of the ‘Asociación de Amigos do Couto Mixto’.
Since August 2000 he has been editing ‘Auria’, published once a month by La Región in collaboration with Caixanova. In this magazine he has published many interviews and reports about outstanding people from culture, art and sciences of Ourense.
In 2000 he coordinated the project for the renewal of the organ of the church of San Salvador Monastery in Celanova.
In 2001 he took part in the publication of “El Monasterio de Celanova después de la Desamortización” (Serie Oro de Caixanova). That same year he was nominated as secretary of the organising committee of the First Conference on Curros Enríquez and its time.
He is the author of “Intrahistoria da Casa dos Poetas. Unha cronoloxía elemental para saber algo máis da casa dos Curros Enríquez e do Patronato que leva o nome do poeta” (Consello da Cultura Galega, 2002).
He wrote the touristic and cultural project “Celanova, un paseo pola historia de Galicia” based on the touristic promotion of Celanova in a historical route around Castromao archaeological site and the ‘Casa dos Poetas’.
He was on the drafting team of “Lenmitos (Lendas e mitos dos pobos galaico-trasmontanos)”, presented to the European Union by the town councils of Celanova, Xinzo de Limia, Chaves and Mirandela.
In 2003 he coordinated the commemorative events of the 70th anniversary of the closure of the central prison in Celanova and the homage organized to the prisoners and Celanova.
In 2004, representing Curros Enríquez Foundation, he was elected secretary of the board of directors of the Association of House-Museums and Foundation of Spanish Writers for 2004-2006.
In 2006-2007 he formed part of the team that carried out the programme of the cultural events celebrated in Celanova during the commemoration of the thousand and hundred anniversary of St Rosendo.
He was the director and scriptwriter of ‘Celanova, un paseo pola historia de Galicia’ (Ourense 2007).
He coordinated the study on the architectonical evolution of the Monastery of Celanova since its foundations until today and wrote the script for the 3D video-documentary ‘El monasterio de Celanova en cuatro tiempos’ (Ourense, 2007).
He wrote two texts for “Celanova 1900-1981. Memoria fotográfica” (Ourense County Council, 2007).
Together with Miguel Ángel González he wrote “Celanova. Monasterio de San Salvador” (Editorial Edilesa, 2007).
He coordinated “Guía literaria de Celanova”, a book he wrote together with Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín, Xosé Benito Reza, Xosé Manuel del Caño and José María Paz Gago, with the work “Celanova. Palabra de autor” (Curros Enríquez Foundation, 2008).
He wrote “Xosé Velo Mosquera. Poeta e soñador, político e pensador, revolucionario e mestre”, which is included in the collection “Galegos na Historia” (Editorial Ir Indo 2008).
He coordinated the cultural programme organized in 2008 to commemorate the first centenary of Manuel Curros Enríquez’s death.
He usually collaborates in some radio talk shows and in Tele Miño.
He wrote “Anónimos”, a collection of short stories elaborated from a collection of photographs (“Rizo”), Editorial Duen de Bux.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He is a member of the ‘Academia Auriense-Mindoniense de San Rosendo’, founded in November 2008.