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Byrne Perry Summer School





21th Byrne/Perry Summer School

Theme: “Glorious Forever?,
Regional Perspectives on the 1916 Rising

June 26th – June 28th, 2015

In association with


The 1916 Rising is seen as an iconic and seminal happening in Irish History. It is a major foundational event in the progress towards Irish Independence and a key stimulus to that development. In yeats words, " all changed, changed utterly: a terrible beauty is born".

We will have a special focus again this year on Wexford: two sub themes Regional Perspectives and the Role of Women will be analysed and discussed with the help of two expert panels.

We look forward to seeing you in Gorey on the last weekend in June for another fresh, stimulating, participatory Summer School

Fr. Walter Forde



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2015 Theme:
Theme:  “Glorious Forever?,
Regional Perspectives on the 1916 Rising

Venue: Gorey Library & Adult Learning Centre at the Civic Square,The Avenue, Gorey

Friday 26th June 7.00 p.m. Registration and Reception
  8.00 p.m.

Opening address:

Mr Aodhanain O Riordain, Minister of state for New Communities, Culture and Equality.

  8.30 p.m.

Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture:  “Conflicted attitudes towards the Easter Rising, then and now”

Speaker: Dr Martin Manseragh

Chair: Fr Walter Forde,
( Summer School Chair)

Saturday 27th June

9.30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: “Regional Perspectives on the Rebellion”
John Gibney (History Ireland Magazine),
Martin O'Donoghue (NUIG),
Philip Off ( Author/Historian)

Chair: Conor McNamara (Summer School Director)

  11.00 a.m.

Coffee break

  11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: “The Contribution of Women Fighters to the 1916 Rebellion.”                

Speakers: Meredith Meagher (Notre Dame),
Ida Milne (QUB),
Liz Gillis (Author/Historian),
Margaret McAuliffe (UCD)

Chair: Conor McNamara (Summer School Director)

  1.00 p.m. Snack Break

2.00 p.m.



Field Trip

Sites associated with the Rising in Enniscorthy

  7.00 p.m. Summer School Dinner : Riverside Park hotel, Enniscorthy.
Sunday 28th June 11.00 a.m.

History Ireland Hedge School – “1916: Well Planned Revolt or Violent Fiasco? ”

Speakers: Ruan O'Donnell (University of Limerick), Brian Hanley (Historian / Author), Lorcan Collins (Author / Historian).

Chair:      Tommy Graham, Editor History Ireland.


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Venue: Gorey Library & Adult Learning Centre at the Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey

For further information: Website: www.byrneperry.com

V. Rev. W. Forde, Chairman.

Tel: 053 – 9159769.

Dr. Conor McNamara, Director

e-mail: concobhair@gmail.com

Bookings & Accommodation: Gorey Tourist Office. Tel: 053 – 9421248,
Email: info@northwexford.com

Subscriptions: €130 includes all lectures, dinner, entertainment and field trip.

Students and Seniors €80.

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SUPPORT: Chief Sponsor: Wexford County Council

Other Sponsors:

  • Gorey District Council
  • Funges’ of Gorey
  • Gorey Credit Union

The T.D. Sinnott Scholarship:

A number of scholarships are awarded to students in memory of the late T.D. Sinnott, Wexford’s first County Manager.


The proceedings of previous Summer Schools have been published as “The Mighty Wave” (Dublin 1996), “The Women of ‘98” (Dublin 1998) both edited by Daire Keogh and Nicholas Furlong and “Acts of Union” edited by Daire Keogh and Kevin Whelan (Dublin 2001). The School also published “From Heritage to Hope: Christian Perspectives on the 1798 Rebellion” (Wexford 1998) edited by Fr. Walter Forde.

The Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture:

1996: Albert Reynolds T.D.
1997: Dr. Martin Manseragh
1998: Peter Temple Morris M.P.
1999: Alban Maginess M.L.A.
2000: Bertie Ahern T.D.
2001: Ruairi Quinn T.D.
2002: The Hon Justice Susan Denham
2003: Archbishop D.A. Caird
2004: Professor Joe Lee
2005: Professor Paul Bew
2006: Dr. Garret Fitzgerald
2007: Professor Bruce Nelson
2008: Senator Joe O’Toole
2009: Pierre Joannon
2010: Kevin Whelan
2011: Professor Vincent Comerford
2012: Dr. Pauric Travers
2013: Niamh Puirséil
2014: Dermot Meleady
2015: Dr. Martin Manseragh


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