2019 Summer School

In 2019 the Parnell Summer School will take place from 11-15 August at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.


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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Programme Outline (June 2019)

Parnell Lecture:

Chair: Prof Donal McCartney

Dr Margaret Ward (Queen’s University Belfast) – The transatlantic activism of Anna and Fanny Parnell

Dr Jennifer Redmond (Maynooth University)“Venturing beyond borders: Irish Women’s Emigration and the ‘Problematic’ Diaspora of the 19th and 20thcenturies’


Dr Darragh Gannon (Queen’s University Belfast)

‘Where in the world was the Irish Revolution? Power, politics, and the place of global commemoration’


Panel on Irish society and the wider world in 2019


Dr Ebun Joseph (University College Dublin)

Donnah Vuma (University of Limerick)



Evening entertainment: Screening of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in Americafollowed by Q and A with filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick

Gerard Keown (Former Irish Ambassador to Poland)
‘The Harp in the Orchestra of Nations: Reflections on the Beginnings of Irish Foreign Policy’

Dr Daithí Ó Corráin (Dublin City University)’Keeping electoral promises: the opening of the first Dáil and the mission to Paris’

Dr Mary MacDiarmada (Dublin City University) ‘The foolish catchword of self-determination’: Art O’Brien and the London campaign for Irish independence, 1919 to 1921.


Afternoon field trip to Glencree Centre for Reconciliation

Chair: Prof Pauric Travers

Keynote Lecture: Dr David McCullagh (RTÉ) – Éamon de Valera


Dr Róisín Healy (NUI Galway) ‘Poland in the Irish nationalist imagination’

Prof Pat Dolan (NUI Galway) TBC – Reflections on the Ryan Report

DIFP Panel, Royal Irish Academy

Dr Michael Kennedy – The life of an Irish diplomat

Dr John Gibney – One Hundred Years of Irish Foreign Policy

Dr Eoin Kinsella –


Panel – ‘Beyond Brexit? Ireland and the wider world’

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.