2012 Parnell Summer School
Sovereignty and Society
12-17 August 2012
Today Irish people lament a loss of the state’s hard-won sovereignty in the face of the bailout by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. One hundred years ago the majority of Irish people looked forward to an increase in Irish sovereignty as a result of the 1912 Home Rule Bill. Yet militant minorities opposed the bill. For Ulster Unionists home rule threatened their cherished place in the United Kingdom while for advanced nationalists the bill failed to offer Ireland full sovereignty. Some Irish women even questioned the value of national sovereignty as they fought for the personal sovereignty of the vote. The 2012 Parnell Summer School will explore the theme of Sovereignty and Society as it relates to the Ireland of today and the Ireland of home rule leaders Charles Stewart Parnell and his successor John Redmond.
Sunday, August 12th
16:00: Reception at Avondale House
16:30: Official opening
Former EU Ambassador to the USA and former Taoiseach
Lord Bew, Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast – Parnell: Conservative landlord or revolutionary republican?
Chair: Dr Marnie Hay, Summer School Director
20:30: Informal social evening at the Woodenbridge Hotel
MONDAY, AUGUST 13th
Ronan Lyons, Balliol College, Oxford – Sovereignty is overrated, society is underrated: an economist’s thoughts on Ireland’s future.
Chair: Dr Ciara Meehan, University College Dublin
11:30: Panel Discussion – Economic Sovereignty
- Richard Boyd Barrett, TD – People before Profit/United Left Alliance
- Paschal Donohoe, TD – Fine Gael
- Paul Murphy, MEP – Socialist Party/United Left Alliance
- Brendan Butler - IBEC, Director of Policy and International Affairs
Chair: Tony Kinsella, political commentator
14:45: Panel Discussion – Ireland and the EU
- Brendan Halligan, Institute of International & European Affairs
- Tony Kinsella, political commentator
- Neale Richmond, European Movement Ireland
Chair: Dr Judith Devlin, University College Dublin
19.30: Dedication in Rathdrum
Dedication of a Memorial Stone to Parnell, commemorating his involvement with the G.A.A. and the community of Rathdrum.
Ceremony performed by Professor Donal McCartney, President, Parnell Society.
Refreshments afterwards in Jacob's Well.
|TUESDAY, AUGUST 14th
Professor Mary E. Daly, University College Dublin
Setting boundaries to the march of a nation?: Irish sovereignty and autonomy under a Third Home Rule Bill.
Chair: Dr Colin Reid, University of Oxford
11:30: Research Panel – John Redmond & Home Rule Reconsidered
- Dr James McConnel, Northumbria University – Imagining Home Rule Ireland before 1916
- Dr Colin Reid, University of Oxford – Intellectual Redmondism: Home Rule and the languages of conciliation in Ireland, 1912-22
- Dr Ciarán Wallace, Trinity College Dublin – Portrait of a leader: Images of Redmond in the Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly, 1905-15
Chair: Dr Diane Urquhart, University of Liverpool
14:45: Research Panel – Ulster Unionist Responses to Home Rule
- Dr Timothy Bowman, University of Kent – Popular and paramilitary opposition to Home Rule in Ulster, 1911-14
- Dr Diane Urquhart, University of Liverpool – ‘Let each woman in Ulster do a woman’s part to stem the tide of Home Rule’: the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council
Chair: Dr James McConnel, Northumbria University
20:00: Illustrated Talk at the Woodenbridge Hotel
Logan Sisley, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
– Revolutionary States: Home Rule and Modern Ireland
Chair: Dr Timothy Bowman, University of Kent
|WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15th
Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, National University of Ireland Galway – The public role of the historian during the decade of commemoration
Chair: Professor Dónal McCartney, President of the Parnell Society
11:30: Panel Discussion – Remembering the Irish Revolution
- Dr Alan McCully, University of Ulster
- Francis Devine, labour historian and retired trade union official
- Dr Eve Morrison, Trinity College Dublin
Chair: Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Trinity College Dublin
14:45: Guided Bus Tour
20:00: Musical Entertainment at Jacob’s Well, Rathdrum
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th
Dr Rosemary Cullen Owens, University College Dublin – ‘Women’s suffrage will be the ruin of our civilisation’
Chair: Dr Mary McAuliffe, University College Dublin
Professor Bryan Fanning, University College Dublin – Immigration and Irish identity
Chair: Dr Rosemary Cullen Owens, University College Dublin
14:45: Panel Discussion – Citizens and the State: Past, Present and Future
- Dr Susannah Riordan, University College Dublin
- Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Immigrant Council of Ireland
- Marian Quinn, Childhood Development Initiative
Chair: Dr Fionnuala Waldron, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
20:00: Wine Reception at the Woodenbridge Hotel
20:30: Summer School Dinner at the Woodenbridge Hotel
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th
11:00: Roundtable Discussion – The British-Irish Dimensions of Sovereignty
- Professor Ronan Fanning, University College Dublin
- Dr Michael Kennedy, Royal Irish Academy
- Professor Henry Patterson, University of Ulster
- Dr. Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre
Chair: Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD – Labour Party
The Academic Director for 2011 is Dr. Marnie Hay.
Dr Marnie Hay is the author of Bulmer Hobson and the nationalist movement in twentieth-century Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2009).
She has lectured in Irish history at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the Institute of Public Administration.
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.