Inaugural Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School on in Carlingford this August

The “Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School” will take place in Carlingford County Louth this August with guest speaker Prof. David Wilson, Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s Biographer

The “Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School” will take place in Carlingford County Louth this August with guest speaker Prof. David Wilson, Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s Biographer

The Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School will explore the life and times of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, through his poetry and music. This year, the theme for the Summer School will be – Thomas D’Arcy McGee ‘From Young Irelander to Canadian Loyalist’.

It will explore Young Ireland and its legacy, McGee’s relationship with John Mitchel, the changing and diverse natures of our cherished ‘isms’ and why so many Young Irelanders served under two flags; Carlingford’s D’Arcy McGee in Canada, Newry’s John Mitchel in the Confederacy, Newry’s John Martin in Westminster, Monaghan’s Sir Charles Gavin Duffy in Victoria and Waterford’s Thomas Francis Meagher with the Union.

The theme will be discussed through various keynote speeches by academics from Canada including Dr David Wilson, Professor of Celtic Studies, University of Toronto and Biographer of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. Also speaking will be Anthony Russell, Retired Senior Lecturer in Education, Anglia Ruskin University.

The stories of D’Arcy McGee and the Young Irelanders will be presented in words, images and music, and the relevance of these stories to modern Irish politics will be discussed. Those attending the summer school will have the opportunity to explore the local landscape, especially those sites associated with the Young Irelanders

The Atlantic Academy of the Arts is an organisation dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of students in the Department of Music and Creative Media at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). It aims to achieve this by providing creative opportunities in America for young men and women at undergraduate and postgraduate level at DkIT. The vision of the Atlantic Academy is to promote the creative arts as a lifestyle and a career. Through this we hope to encourage a vibrant economy in the Oriel region, through music and the creative industries.