2017 Summer School

In 2017 the Parnell Summer School will take place from 13-17 August at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

Contemporary Irish society, like other societies around us now and societies in the past, is fascinated to the point of obsession with crime. We can see this in our politics, in the press, in our popular culture. The related issues of appropriate punishment and justice have sometimes been afforded been less attention.

In considering these issues together, the 2017 Parnell Summer School will examine Ireland today, including contemporary criminal, policing, penal and judicial policy. It will also, however, consider their inter-connected histories and the manner in which these are, and have been, represented in our culture, literature and cinema.

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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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.