For further information: Deirdre Larkin,
Tel: 01 285 2113.
E mail: dlarkin@parnellsociety.com

For all Media Queries:
Felix Larkin (Academic Director),
Tel: 01 2856272 or 087 2347044
E mail: felixmlarkin@gmail.com


9–13 August 2015
THEME: The French Connection – Ireland and France

O! The French are on the sea
Says the sean-bhean bhocht...
And will Ireland then be free?
Says the sean-bhean bhocht;
Yes! Ireland shall be free,
From the centre to the sea;
Then hurrah for Liberty!
Says the sean-bhean bhocht.

The theme of the 2015 Parnell Summer School is ‘The French Connection – Ireland and France’. It 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.

The 2015 Parnell Summer School will be held, as usual, in the beautiful setting of the Avondale demesne, Parnell’s ancestral home, and the speakers include leading authorities from Ireland, Britain, France and America. All are welcome to attend, and there is a limited number of scholarships available for students who wish to attend.

There may be minor amendments to this programme. Please visit our website for the latest information:www.parnellsociety.com

15:00-16:00: Registration

16:30: Official opening

17:00: Keynote Address Professor Wesley Hutchinson, Professor of Irish Studies, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-3 – Irish studies in France: connections, go-betweens and networks

19:30: Informal social evening at the Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lecture Dr Patrick Claffey, Department of Religions and Theology, Trinity College Dublin – Laïcité: value or ideology

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Dr Patrick Geoghegan, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin – Waterloo - a battle of 'giants'

12:30: Lunch 14:15: Panel Discussion: Charlie Hebdo and free speech
- Brian Trench, School of Communications, Dublin City University
- Dr Neville Cox, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
- Felix M. Larkin, Academic Director, Parnell Summer School

19:30: French Wine Tasting: The Irish Wine Geese – yesterday and today, Katrina McEvoy, O’Brien’s Fine Wines, Ballybrack, Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lecture Professor James H. Murphy, English Department, DePaul University, Chicago – From Waterloo to war movies, via Tolstoy’s Irish inspiration

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Professor Hugh Gough, Department of History, University College Dublin - The guillotine and capital punishment in France, 1792-1981

12:30: Lunch

14:15: Guided Bus Tour Aghavannagh, Parnell's hunting lodge & later John Redmond's home

20:30: Informal social evening at the Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Parnell Lecture Frank Callanan SC – Contesting patriotisms: Conor Cruise O’Brien, France and Parnell

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid, Department of History, University of Sheffield – Un regard particulier: Sean MacBride, France and Ireland

12:30: Lunch

14:15: Lecture Dr Declan Downey, Department of History, University College Dublin – Francophone Cosmopolitans at Continental Courts, 1700-1900: les émigrés irlandais et ceux qui sont retournés

20:00: Gala dinner, Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lectures • Liam Murphy – Alsace: a proud region between France and Germany • Canon J. Anthony Gaughan – The Irish Embassy in Paris: in praise of women

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Oliver O’Hanlon, Department of French, University College Cork – 'French letters' in Irish newspapers and periodicals: the epistolatory form and the Franco-Irish relationship

12:30: Lunch

14.15: Lecture Dr Sylvie Kleinman, Department of History, Trinity College, Dublin – Surviving Centenaries in Republican Culture: Musings on Franco-American Memory and Commemoration


For further information and bookings, please contact the Secretary of the Parnell Society:

Deirdre Larkin,
5 Churchview Park,
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 2852113
Email: dlarkin@parnellsociety.com

Daily rate for attendance at the Summer School (including lunch) is €70. Inclusive cost: €260 if paid in full before 1 August 2014, and €275 after that date. The inclusive fee covers all lectures and events, coffee and lunch (Monday to Thursday) and the Summer School Gala Dinner, but excludes accommodation.

A limited number of scholarships may be awarded to students, covering the cost of fees, accommodation in the Woodenbridge Hotel (in a shared twin room) and transportation to and from Avondale on a daily basis. Applicants should write to the Summer School Director outlining briefly why they would like to attend and enclosing a reference from their tutor or supervisor or departmental head. Contact details for the Director are as follows:

Felix M. Larkin,
23 Vale View Lawn,
Cabinteely, Dublin 18
Tel: 01 2856272 or 087 2347044
Email: felixmlarkin@gmail.com

All media queries should be directed to the Summer School Director, Felix M. Larkin (contact details above).


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.