Focus on Ireland at conference
This year's Parnell Summer School opens in Avondale House Conference Hall this Sunday.
The theme for this year's school is 'Beyond borders? Ireland and the wider world.'
Avondale House will be the venue during the day, while the evening sessions will be held in the Woodenbridge Hotel
The summer school will be opened on Sunday, August 11 by Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights and former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, followed by the annual Parnell lecture from Dr Margaret Ward, Queen's University Belfast, titled 'Forging a feminist path: Anna Parnell and Irish political life.'
This year's Academic Director is Dr. Martin O'Donoghue, University of Limerick, who is considered a significant contributor to the research of this period of modern Irish history.
Monday, will focus on Ireland's history of emigration and immigration and social changes in the past and present, with papers from Dr Jennifer Redmond and Dr Darragh Gannon. The afternoon panel will examine Irish society and the wider world, chaired by Sinead O'Carroll with contributions from Dr Ebun Joseph, Donnah Vuma and Zak Moradi.
Tuesday, August 13, focuses on how the new Irish state looked beyond it shores and shaped its foreign policy with papers from Dr Daithí Ó Corráin, Dr Mary MacDiarmada, Dr Brian Murphy and former Irish Ambassador, Dr. Gerard Keown.
Wednesday, August 14, looks back to 1919 and Ireland's links to the United States and Poland and to interrogate the ongoing resonance of the First Dáil and the Democratic Programme. Dr David McCullagh (RTÉ) will deliver a keynote lecture, followed by a series of papers from Dr Róisín Healy, Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and Prof Pat Dolan. The closing day on Thursday examines Irish foreign policy and the state's place in a global world with papers from Dr Michael Kennedy, Dr John Gibney and Dr Eoin Kinsella from the 'Document on Irish Foreign Policy' team.