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03 Jul 2022

Sean Mac Diarmada Summer School returns to Kiltyclogher this weekend

 Sean Mac Diarmada Summer School returns to Kiltyclogher this weekend

Sean MacDiarmada Summer School, Kiltyclogher this weekend

All roads lead to Kiltyclogher this Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18 where the Sean Mac Diarmada Summer School 2022 takes place.

This is the first physical event since June 2019 because of Covid. In 2020 and 2021, the school successfully went to a virtual platform where we had an audience from the UK, America, Dubai, Switzerland, France and Australia.
The committee is really looking forward to people coming in the physical sense to the village for what promises to be a very stimulating and educational event.

Live streaming will take place again this year in conjunction with the actual event taking place in the Holiday Centre. This will be a feature of the summer school going forward and was one very positive outcome for the event after two long and twilight years of lockdown and semi-lockdown during the pandemic.

The event theme for June 2022 is 'Reflections on the Irish Civil War'. Having reached seminal milestones in Irish history, (the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence), the event now finds itself in year seven in the decade of centenaries.
Now it will examine perhaps the most significant and divisive episode in our history - the Irish Civil War of June 1922 - May 1923; a twelve month war that would impact on Irish life for the next 100 years to date.

The opening of the summer school will take place this Friday, June 17 with the customary event at the Mac Diarmada homestead in Corranmore.
Direct descendants of Sean Mac Diarmada - Padraig Mc Dermott, Maura Mylonas and Patricia Walsh, will perform the opening ceremony on the doorstep of their grand-uncle’s ancestral home.

The opening lecture of the weekend, the Orla Parkinson Memorial Lecture, will be delivered by Dr Jackie Ui Chionna (NUIG), her presentation title being, “Miss Ryan, she who in all probability, had I lived, would have been my wife”: Min Ryan, Love and Loss in the Revolutionary Period.”

Prin Duignan, a former director of the summer school, will offer a presentation on a specific Leitrim event in the Irish Civil War - “The Dennison Murders, Drumkeerin; A North Leitrim Episode in the Irish Civil War.”
Irish Times journalist, Ronan Mc Greevy, will give the final presentation on Friday, 17th with “Ireland’s Sarajevo: The Assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP, started the Irish Civil War and changed the course of Irish history. Why was he shot and what role did Michael Collins play in this event?”

Saturday, June 18 sees a five speaker line-up beginning with Danny Morrison (former national director of Sinn Fein) analysing “The Consequences of Signing.”
Tom Elliott (former leader of the UUP) will consider “The disastrous impact of the Irish Civil War on Unionists and Protestants of the Irish Free State.”

The Cathaoirleach of Seanad Eireann, Senator Mark Daly, will focus on the Seanad with his presentation entitled, “The Centenary of Seanad Eireann - Minority Voices, Major Change - Past, Present and Future.”

An analysis of how we as a nation have commemorated our significant historical centenaries, will be offered by Catriona Crowe (former lead archivist at the National Archives of Ireland) in her presentation “Civil War: how are we doing at the end of the decade of centenaries?”

Finally, Tommie Gorman (former RTE Northern Editor) will assess the political landscape, North and South, following the recently held Northern Ireland Assembly elections in his presentation entitled: “Now that Northern Ireland’s Assembly elections are over, what next?”

Details of the event may be found on www.seanmacdiarmada.ie or by calling (083) 184 7432 and texting (085) 160 5327.

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