Parnell Society 2022

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The details of the programme for the Symposium are as follows:


IVY DAY 2022




The Parnell Society announces a programme of events for Ivy Day 2022.
Ivy Day marks the anniversary of the death of Charles Stewart Parnell on 6 October 1891. It is celebrated by a wreath laying and an oration at his graveside in Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin on a Sunday close to the actual anniversary date. This year, the 131st Ivy Day, the ceremony will take place at 12.00 noon on Sunday, 9 October. The wreath will be laid and the oration given by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD.
On the Friday and Saturday beforehand, the Parnell Society will hold an Ivy Day Symposium in the Woodenbridge Hotel. This replaces the annual Parnell Summer School held at Avondale, Parnell’s ancestral home in county Wicklow, in August. Because of uncertainty about Covid-19 earlier in the year and also because of the very welcome development work undertaken by Coillte at Avondale, it was not possible to arrange for the usual Summer School this year.

The theme of the Ivy Day Symposium is “New Beginnings”. This reflects both Ireland’s re-emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic and the centenary of the foundation of the independent Irish state which Parnell and his followers had sought by constitutional means. It also recognises the centenary of the publication of Joyce’s Ulysses, which represented a new departure in Irish literary history.

The programme for the Ivy Day Symposium is as follows:
Friday, 7 October 2022
 6.00 pm – Registration at the Woodenbridge Hotel.
 6.30 pm – Welcoming wine reception.
 7.00 pm – Lecture by Daniel Mulhall, formerly Irish Ambassador to the United                             States: “James Joyce’s Parnell”.
Saturday, 8 October 2022
 10.30 pm – Sonja Tiernan (University of Otago, NZ): “Anna Parnell’s Ladies                                     Land League speech, Glasgow, 1881”.
 11.30 pm – Sophie Cooper (QUB): “The Irish in Chicago & Melbourne in                                   the age of Parnell”.
 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm – Lunch break.
 2.30 pm – Martin O’Donoghue (Sheffield University): “Henry Harrison, MP”.
 3.30 pm – Ronan McGreevy (Irish Times): “Assassination of Sir Henry Wilson”.
 4.30 pm – 5.00 pm – Coffee break.
 5.00 pm – The Parnell Lecture Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge University):“Parnell                            and the Protestant minority in Ireland”.
 8.00 pm – Symposium dinner at the Woodenbridge Hotel.
The symposium will take place in the Woodenbridge Hotel, and the fee for attendance is €100 (including the dinner). Reduced rates are available for those who may not wish to attend the full symposium. Anyone with an interest in history, from students to OAPs, is welcome. Enquiries about attending the symposium should be made to Christopher Power, acting honorary secretary of the Parnell Society (phone: 086 6089198; email: For all other matters, please contact the academic director of the Ivy Day Symposium, Felix Larkin (phone: 087 2347044; email:

PRESS QUERIES to Felix Larkin (phone: 087 2347044; email:

Visitor Information

Accommodation: a variety of accommodation is available in the Avoca/Rathdrum area visit:

Venues: The Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca, the  venue during the Ivy Day Symposium.

Public Transport: Trains and buses to Rathdrum and Arklow. See or

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.