'War & Peace' theme at Parnell school 2014
THE theme of the 2014 Parnell Summer School is 'War & Peace', marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The summer school, which started on Sunday and runs until tomorrow (Thursday), has a very busy schedule of events.
The programme is not narrowly confined to consideration of that war but instead has been taking a broader look at issues of war and peace generally. It is providing an excellent opportunity for participants to glance over their shoulders and learn a few lessons for the future.
The school opened on Sunday with a keynote address from Brendan Simms, Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge. His address centred on 'The German Question and the European Problem.'
On Monday speakers included Heather Jones, associate professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Dagmar O'Riain Readel of University College Cork. The afternoon featured a panel discussion centred on 'Your country needs you – patriotism in the 21st century'.
Yesterday opened with a lecture from Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History at UCD, who was followed by former judge of the Supreme Court, Hugh O'Flaherty.
The afternoon session included a re-enactment of Redmond's Woodenbridge speech in 1914 and a visit to the Kynoch munitions factory in Arklow.
Today (Wednesday), activities include a lecture on 'The Irish At War – from earliest times to the 20th century' by Tom Bartlett, Professor of Irish History at the University of Aberdeen. Other speakers will include Ian d'Alton of the University of Cambridge and Professor of Modern European History John Horne.
The school closes tomorrow (Thursday) with lectures from Angela Griffith of Trinity College Dublin, Jeff Kildea of University of South Wales. L. Perry Curtis, Junior of Brown University, Rhode Island, will focus on 'Rethinking the origins of the Land War in Ireland before Irish Times journalist Peter Murtagh speaks on William Howard Russell, war correspondent.