Thursday 20 June 2019

Carlingford's Thomas D'Arcy McGee summer school will look at Brexit

'Brexit - Back to the Future' is the theme for this year's Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School in Carlingford on August 20th and 21st, reflecting the instability evident in the lives of our politicians, businessmen, academics and the wider communities - north and south, east and west.

Speaking at the launch of this year's event, President of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Michael Mulvey, PhD said the college was delighted to support the event which he described as 'a wonderful initiative, which celebrates political and cultural reflection for people across the island of Ireland and beyond.'

He noted that Thomas D'Arcy McGee, who was originally from Carlingford, 'is now considered a father of modern Canada and his support for the principle of 'unity of diversity' is as relevant in today's society as it was in the mid-19th Century. We are looking forward to welcoming people from across our region to join us this August for another vibrant summer school experience."

The summer school will see Professor David Wilson, Canada's National Biographer who has written about D'Arcy McGee, leading a varied collection of academics, writers, businesspersons and journalists in an informed and informative reflection on the state of Ireland, Britain and Europe today.

The programme also includes the ever popular Politicians' Forum and a lively social programme which includes the The Trial of the Gaelic Lords of Ulster before the Court of History, an open air reception, north south pipe bands display and the Folk 'n Trad nite with Gerry O'Connor and friends.

The programme is being delivered by a local consortium, including the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Foundation, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust, the Irish Canadian University Foundation and Altnaveigh House, Newry.

Full programme details will be announced at later date. For more information visit:

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