PARNELL SUMMER SCHOOL 2015
9–13 August 2014
THEME: The French Connection - Ireland and France
This will be an opportunity to reflect on parallels between France and Ireland, and to celebrate the close associations – cultural, intellectual and political – between our two countries.
These associations, grounded in our shared love of liberty and finding expression today in our common membership of the European Community, stretch back through the United Irishmen to the Wild Geese and beyond. They include giants of Irish literature like Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett and also the Irish participation in iconic battles of both the Napoleonic wars and the First World War. This is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo; and the victor of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington, was an Irishman. Parnell and his mother’s family had many connections with Paris.
The Charlie Hebdo massacre in January adds a certain poignancy to our choice of theme this year. There has been a lot of interest in Ireland in the fallout from that tragic event, and the Summer School will host a panel discussion on the issues that it raises.
For further information, please contact:
Hon. Secretary, Parnell Society
5 Churchview Park, Killiney Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 2852113
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