2018 Summer School

In 2018 the Parnell Summer School will take place from 12-16 August at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

On 14 December 1918, Irish voters went to the polls in an election unlike any before. Amidst the aftermath of world war and the tumult of post-Rising Ireland, the election was contested under an enlarged franchise which included for the first time some women among its electorate.

The anniversary of what the political scientist Peter Mair characterised as Ireland’s ‘mobilising election’ presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on the history of democracy in Ireland. In 2018, the Parnell Summer School welcomes a host of academics, writers and politicians to examine themes such as representative democracy, legitimacy, political thought and activism, international influences, and the role of women from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives. In doing so, speakers will interrogate our democratic traditions and consider the challenges confronted in the past as well as those now emerging at a time of increasing political volatility.

The Parnell Society acknowledge the support of Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Fees Daily rate for attendance at the Summer School (including lunch) is €tbc.
Inclusive cost: €tbc if paid in full before 1 August 2018, and €tbc after that date. The inclusive fee covers all lectures and events, coffee and lunch (Monday to Thursday) and the Summer School Gala Dinner.and the Summer School Gala Dinner.

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Visitor Information

Accommodation: a variety of accommodation is available in the Avoca/Rathdrum area visit: http://www.discoverireland.ie/where-to-stay/
Venues: Avondale House and Conference Hall and the Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca, the evening venue during the Summer School.

Public Transport: Trains and buses to Rathdrum. See irishrail.ie or buseireann.ie

Lectures begin each day at 10.00 a.m.

Lunch will be served from 12.30 – 2.30 p.m.

A variety of entertainment is provided, including guided tour and the Summer School Gala Dinner.

Previous Schools

Images from the 2016 Summer School

Images from the 2011 Summer School

Images from the 2010 Summer School

Images from the 2009 Summer School

The 2009 Parnell Summer School was the Society’s eighteenth annual Summer School. Images below feature some of the highlights of the week including:

The official unveiling of two commerative seats, dedicated to two former founding members of the Society – Marie Toibin and Mairin Lindsay, by US Ambassador, Dan Rooney;

Guest speakers including Dairmaid Ferriter UCD, Christy Cooney GAA President, Michael O’Muircheartaigh, Broadcaster, Robert Fitzpatrick – CEO Odyssey, Jennifer Kelly and Tom Hunt.

Launch of two books from UCD Press – Words of the Dead Chief (eds, Donal McCartney and Pauric Travers); and J.J. Horgan (ed.), From Parnell to Pearse, by Mr Martin Mansergh, T.D.

Plus a review of the on-going redevelopment of the ‘Big Shed’ by the OPW at Avondale House.