2016 Summer School

In 2016 the Parnell Summer School will take place from 7-11 August at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

Given the year, our theme will be ‘Embers of Easter’. Inevitably this will involve some reflection upon the events in Dublin in April 1916, but the school’s programme will mainly concentrate on what flowed from the Rising, its short, medium and long-term influence, past and current commemoration of the events (including its political uses), and will invite reflections on contemporary nationalism and republicanism.

Fees Daily rate for attendance at the Summer School (including lunch) is €70.
Inclusive cost: €260 if paid in full before 4th August 2016, and €275 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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The Programme

15:00-16:00: Registration

16:00: Reception at Avondale House

16:30: Official opening – Emily O’Reilly European Ombudsman

17.00: Keynote Address – Professor Roy Foster (Oxford University) “Never So Simple And Clear Again”: 1916 and post-revolutionary disillusionment.

20:30: Informal social evening at the Woodenbridge Hotel

10:00: Lecture
Dr. Edward Madigan (Royal Holloway University) –
The Easter Rising in a World at War

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Parnell Lecture
Dr. James McConnel (Northumbria University) –
“The bad parliamentary drop”: The children of John Redmond’s Irish Parliamentary Party after 1922.

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Panel Discussion – 1916 in Contemporary Political Discourse
Chair: Martina Fitzgerald (political correspondent, RTE).

Panellists including:
– Minister Simon Harris TD (Fine Gael)

– Claire Hanna MLA (SDLP)

– James Lawless TD (Fianna Fail)

– Eoin O Broin, TD (Sinn Féin)
– Dr. Eoin O’Malley (Dublin City University)

19:30: Reading by Dermot Bolger
(author of The Lonely Sea and Sky and writer-in-residence at the National Museum of Ireland).

10:00: Lecture
Ed Vulliamy (Guardian and Observer) –
Friendship, Politics, Passion and Wit in Family Letters during the aftermath of Dublin’s 1916 Rising

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture
Dr. John Borgonovo (University College Cork) –
Mapping the Emergence of the post-Rising revolutionary vanguard in Munster

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Guided Bus Tour with local historian, Pat Power. Enniscorthy 1916 and afternoon tea in Ferns.

20:30: Musical Entertainment, Woodenbridge Hotel

10:00: Lecture
Professor Kevin Rafter (Dublin City University) – Uses and abuses: the political communication of national anniversary

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture
Dr. Brian Hanley (Author: The I.R.A.: A Documentary History) –
‘The layers of an onion’: Class and the memory of the Irish Revolution

12:30: Lunch

14:15: Panel Discussion –
Assessing Commemoration: 2016 and the Decade of Centenaries
Chair: Stephen Collins (Irish Times).

– Professor Maurice Manning (Chair: Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations)
– Dr Anne Dolan (Trinity College Dublin)
– Dr Margaret O’Callaghan (Queen’s University Belfast)
– Professor Tom Dunne (University College Cork)

20:00: Gala dinner with wine reception, Woodenbridge Hotel

10:00: Lecture
Dr. Leeann Lane (Dublin City University) –
Violating gender: women and weapons in 1916

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture
Mick O’Dea (President of the Royal Hibernian Academy) –
“The Foggy Dew’’: Mick O’ Dea’s Exhibition Commemorating Easter 1916

12:30: Lunch

14.15: Lectures
Orla Fitzpatrick (National Museum of Ireland) –
Picturing the Rising: the use of photography, portraits and propaganda in recording and commemorating Easter 1916

Professor Briona Nic Dhiarmada (University of Notre Dame) –
Screening 1916

16:00: Close of Summer School 2016

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.