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


10–14 August 2014
THEME: War & Peace

The one-hundredth anniversary of 1914 should make us reflect anew on our vulnerability to human error, sudden catastrophe and sheer accident. So we have good reason to glance over our shoulders even as we look ahead. History, said Mark Twain, never repeats itself but it rhymes. The past cannot provide us with clear blueprints for how to act, for it offers such a multitude of lessons that it leaves us free to pick and choose among them to suit our own political and ideological inclinations. Still, if we can see past our blinders and take note of the telling parallels between then and now, the ways in which our world resembles that of a hundred years ago, history does give us valuable warnings.

Margaret MacMillan, ‘The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War’, The Brookings Institute, 2013


The theme of the 2014 Parnell Summer School is ‘War & Peace’, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme, however, will not be narrowly confined to consideration of that war. It will not be just another ‘Decade of Commemorations’ event, but will take a broader look at issues of war and peace generally. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to ‘glance over our shoulders’ and learn a few lessons for the future.

The 2014 Parnell Summer School will held, as usual, in the beautiful setting of the Avondale demesne, Parnell’s ancestral home, and the speakers include leading authorities from Ireland and America. All are welcome to attend, and there is a limited number of scholarships available for students who wish to attend.

15:00-16:00: Registration

16:30: Official opening

Keynote Address Brendan Simms, Professor of the History of International Relations, University of Cambridge – The German question and European problem

20:30: Informal social evening at the Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lecture
Heather Jones, Associate Professor in International History, London School of Economics – Violent transgression and the First World War, 1914–1918

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel, Department of History, University College Cork – ‘The peace before the war’: a lecture to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Panel Discussion: ‘Your country needs you’ – patriotism in the twenty-first century
- Cllr Kate Feeney, Dun Laoghaire County Council and president of Ógra Fianna Fáil
- John Larkin QC, Attorney-General of Northern Ireland
- Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister of State for European Affairs

19:30: Brian Cregan (judge of the High Court) will read from his novel, Parnell (2013), Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Parnell Lecture
Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History (Decade of Commemorations, 2013–1923), University College Dublin – The chief and the chairman: Parnell and Redmond compared

11:00: Coffee

• The Hon. Hugh O’Flaherty, former judge of the Supreme Court – Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty
• Christopher Power, independent scholar – Percival Lea-Wilson

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Guided Bus Tour, featuring a re-enactment of Redmond’s Woodenbridge speech in 1914 and a visit to the Kynoch munitions factory in Arklow.

20:30: Musical Entertainment, Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lecture
Tom Bartlett, Professor of Irish History, University of Aberdeen – The Irish at war, from earliest times to the twentieth century

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture
Ian d’Alton, Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2014) – Sentiment, duty, money, identity? Motivations for the southern Irish Protestant involvement in two world wars

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Lecture John Horne, Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin – Ireland and the Great War, 1914–1918

20:00: Gala dinner, Woodenbridge Hotel


• Angela Griffith, Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin – Harry Clarke and the First World War memorial books
• Jeff Kildea, University of New South Wales & 2014 Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History, University College Dublin – Commemoration of the First World War in Australia

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture L. Perry Curtis Jr, Emeritus Professor of British and Irish History, Brown University, Rhode Island – Rethinking the origins of the Land War in Ireland

12:30: Lunch

14.30: Lecture Peter Murtagh, Reporter, The Irish Times – William Howard Russell, war correspondent

16:00: Close of Summer School 2014


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

Deirdre Larkin,
5 Churchview Park,
Killiney, Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 2852113 or 01 5164087
Email: dlarkin@parnellsociety.com

Daily rate for attendance at the Summer School (including lunch) is €65. Inclusive cost: €250 if paid in full before 1 August 2013, 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.