Parnell Summer School 2012
Sunday 12th Aug to Friday 17th August
Ireland’s complex and evolving international relations on agenda at Parnell 2012.
Post the trauma of the Troika bailout, Ireland’s complex and ever shifting set of international relations will shape our economic and political future – deepening neighbourly ties with the UK, stronger EU cohesion and reaching out to emerging economies are among the subjects for discussion at this year’s Parnell Summer School.
Growing on its reputation of balancing contemporary reflection with historical insight, the 22nd Parnell Summer School in Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow opens at Avondale House next Sunday, Aug 12th, and runs until Aug 17th.
Speakers will include current and former politicians, leading academics, economists, writers, journalists, senior business and civic figures.The former EU ambassador to the USA and former Taoiseach, John Bruton, will open the event onSunday and Lord Bew will deliver the keynote address – Parnell: Conservative Landlord or Revolutionary republican?
On Monday, Oxford economist. Ronan Lyons will cast an economists eye on Ireland’s future. His lecture will be followed by two panel discussions exploring the meaning of Ireland’s economic sovereignty in the amidst of an on-going euro zone crisis and what we understand to be our relationship with the EU both now and into the future.
On Tuesday, Professsor Mary E Daly brings an insight to the 1912 Home Bill and what it would have meant for Irish sovereignty and autonomy.
Two Research Panels later that day provide six leading historians with a platform to bring major insights in to a variety of centenary and commemorative themes including the 3rd Home Rule bill, Redmondism and an ulster unionist perspective on Home rule.
The decade of commemoration will be the focus of Professor Gearóid O’Tuathaigh’s lecture on Wednesday morning, which will be followed by a panel discussion on remembering the Irish revolution.
Other sessions include discussions about women’s suffrage, immigration and Irish identity and the central relationship between the citizen and the state.
The closing event on Friday, titled British-Irish dimensions of sovereignty, will be chaired by Aodhán O’Riordan TD, when a number of leading academics will explore the concept of sovereignty amongst the nations of the British Isles, reflecting on many of the core themes of the week.
Founded in 1990 at Avondale House, the Parnell Summer School was established as part of the wider remit of the Parnell Society who seek to stimulate interest in the life, work and times of Charles Stewart Parnell and the Parnell Family; promote Avondale as a centre which would reflect Wicklow’s historic association with the Parnell family and explore the relevance of Parnell and the politics of his era to modern Ireland.
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