Theme: “The Great War”
The Summer school was set up to examine Irish history and literature from the eighteenth century onwards in an objective, professional and learned manner. The school has a broad appeal to those with an interest in how the last two centuries of Irish history, have shaped contemporary Ireland, north and south.
The Byrne/Perry Summer School is held on the last weekend of June from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, (June 27th – June 29th, 2014).
Gorey, Co. Wexford is the location of the Byrne Perry Summer School.
By any standard, The Great War was a cataclysmic event with profound long term outcomes for individuals, families, communities, nations, politics, social theory and international relations. It was truly world changing. The loss of life, injuries, destruction and social disruption were massiv and devastating.
In Ireland it had a very dramatic impact. Home Rule was sidelined and radical separatism took centre stage. County Wexford, the native country of Parliamentary Party Leader John Redmond, lost over 800 men in the war and we have a special Wexford focus in this year's programme.
All of us associated with the Summer School look forward to welcoming you to the 20th Summer School.
Fr. Walter Forde