The Parnell Society 2022

The Parnell Society will hold  an Ivy Day Symposium at the Woodenbridge Hotel, Co. Wicklow, beginning on the evening of Friday, 7 October, and continuing all day Saturday, 8 October. The traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Parnell’s grave to mark Ivy Day will then take place at Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday, 9 October.

Ivy Day is the anniversary of the death of Charles Stewart Parnell on 6 October 1891 and has been celebrated in recent years on a Sunday close to that date. James Joyce set one of his best-known stories in Dubliners in the aftermath of an Ivy Day commemoration.

The theme of the Ivy Day Symposium will be “New Beginnings”. This reflects both Ireland’s re-emergence from the pandemic and the centenary of the foundation of the independent Irish state which Parnell and his followers had sought by constitutional means. It also recognises the centenary of the publication of Joyce’s Ulysses, which represented a new departure in Irish cultural history.

The details of the programme for the Symposium – lectures, guest speakers and social side-events – will be announced in the coming months. Anyone with an interest in history, from students to OAPs, is welcome. Enquiries about attending the Symposium should be made to Muriel Moroney, honorary secretary of the Parnell Society (email: webparnell@gmail.com). For all other matters, please contact the academic director of the Ivy Day Symposium, Felix Larkin (phone: 01 2856272; email: felixmlarkin@gmail.com).

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