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Byrne Perry Summer School





Co. Wexford

20th Byrne/Perry Summer School

Theme: “The Great War”

June 27th – June 29th, 2014

In association with


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



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2014 Theme:
Theme:  “The Great War”

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

Friday 27th June 7.00 p.m. Registration and Reception
  8.00 p.m.

Opening address:

Professor Daire Keogh, President, St, Patrick's College, Drumcondra.

  8.30 p.m.

Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture:  “John Redmond and The Great War”

Speaker: Dermot Meleady, Historian               

Chair: David O'Morchoe, Librarian (The O'Morchoe),

Saturday 28th June

9.30 a.m.

“The Irish at War: On foreign Fields ”
Meredith Meagher (Notre Dame),
Philip Orr (Author),
Ida Milne (Trinity College Dublin), Conor McNamara (Summer School Director)

  11.30 a.m.

Coffee break

  12:00 a.m.

“Ireland and The Great War: The Home Front ”                   

Speakers: Padraig Yeates (SIPTU
Revd. Brian Kenneway (Irish Association for Culture, Economic and Social Relations),
John Cunningham (NUIG)

  1.30 p.m. Lunchtime snack at Summer School venue

2.30 p.m.



Fieldtrip led by MONICA CROFTON: “Wexford Town Sites associated with John redmond and The Great War”

  7.00 p.m. Summer School dinner at Forde’s Restaurant, Castlebridge


Sunday 29th June 11.00 a.m.

History Ireland Hedge School – “Ireland and the Legacy of The Great War”
edward Madigan (Royle Holloway University of London
Chair:      John Gibney, 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 Town 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


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