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 Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
and Coillte Teoranta.
Fees Daily rate for attendance at the Summer School (including lunch) is €75.
Inclusive cost: €270 if paid in full before 1 August 2018, 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.
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Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Prof David Farrell MRIA, Head of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin -“Irish party politics: still centrist after all these years?”
Chair: Frank Cogan, Former Irish Ambassador and committee member of the Parnell Society.
Dr Sonja Tiernan, Head of Department of History and Politics and Associate Professor in Modern History, Liverpool Hope University – ‘The Votes for Women Campaign: From Lissadell House to the House of Commons’
Chair: Prof Niamh Reilly, NUI Galway
Prof Yvonne Galligan, Professor of Comparative Politics & Director of Queen’s Gender Initiative, Queen’s University Belfast – ‘Can democracy ever be triumphant without gender equality’.
2.00– ‘A Century of Women in Irish public life, 1918-2018’
Chair: Olwen Dawe, Board member, Poetry Ireland & National Women’s Council of Ireland
Senator Ivana Bacik, Chair of Oireachtas Vótáil 100 Committee
Sinéad McCoole, Commemoration Unit, Department of Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht
Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
Evening entertainment: Curlew Theatre company production: Lady Gregory
Chair: Dr Martin O’Donoghue, Academic Director of the Parnell Summer School
Prof Bernadette Whelan MRIA, University of Limerick – ‘Woodrow Wilson, propaganda and Ireland, 1918’
Chair: Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times
Prof Niamh Reilly, Established Professor of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway – ‘The social and economic thought of Thomas Kettle and Mary Sheehy Kettle’
2.00pm Visit and Wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of John Redmond, St. John’s graveyard, Wexford town to mark the centenary of his death.
Chair:Prof Donal McCartney, President of the Parnell Society
Prof Alvin Jackson, Sir Richard Lodge Professor of History, University of Edinburgh – Redmond and Carson: Bloodshed, borders and the union state.
Chair: Felix M Larkin
Dr Mel Farrell, University College Dublin/Irish Humanities Alliance -‘Democracy Secured: Cosgrave, de Valera and the anomaly of the Irish Free State, 1922-37’
Dr Connal Parr, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Humanities, Northumbria
University – ‘Leadership, educational crisis, and writing Ulster Protestant History from the Outside’
Chair: Sheila Nunan, General Secretary INTO and President, ICTU
Dr Mary McAuliffe, Lecturer/ Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, University College Dublin – Margaret Skinnider: Uncovering female militant activities. 1919-1923.
Dr Stephen Kelly, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University – “But what British politician will ever fully understand Northern Ireland?”: Margaret Thatcher and the Northern Ireland question.
Chair: Dr Will Murphy, Dublin City University and former Academic Director of the Parnell Summer School
Dr Bryce Evans, Associate Professor, Liverpool Hope University, ‘Seán Lemass and Irish democracy in 2018’
11.30:‘21stCentury Democracy: Opportunities and Threats’
Chair: Alison O’Connor, Irish Examiner
Tony Connelly, Europe correspondent, RTÉ
Lisa Chambers TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Brexit
Jack O’Connor, Chairman of the Labour Party, former President of ICTU and SIPTU.
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.
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.