Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School, Carlingford, 17th - 19th August 2015 Press Release
McGee and Mitchel: Revolution and Reconciliation
The issue of physical violence as a means for resolving political differences is at the heart of the 4th annual, Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School in Carlingford on the 17th to 19th August. This year's theme, McGee and Mitchel: Revolution and Reconciliation provides the basis for a lively debate on the issue of physical force in politics, a subject which divided the former Young Ireland comrades in the 19th century, and continues to influence politics in the 21st century. David Wilson, Toronto, author of a two-volume biography on D'Arcy McGee, heads up a star-studded panel of historians, politicians and political commentators in Carlingford. Local historian Anthony Russell, author of the forthcoming IAP book on the lives and politics of John Mitchel and Jenny Vernier, will present Mitchel’s perspective.
Politically, we were a pack of fools,
but we were honest in our folly; and
no man need blush at forty for the
faults of one-and-twenty, (Thomas D’Arcy McGee, May, 1865, reflecting on his Young Ireland activities, and the 1848 Rebellion)
Social events include a dramatisation of the issue, specially commissioned for the Summer School and written by Carlingford local , Larry McArdle, which will see McGee prosecuted by Mitchel for treason against the Irish nation. Details of programme, fees and accommodation will be issued shortly on https://www.dkit.ie/thomas-darcy-mcgee
Dundalk Institute of Technology, in partnership with Altnaveigh House (Newry), Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust, Carlingford and Cooley Tourism Association and Omeath District Development Company Ltd. anticipates a lively, informative and entertaining programme of political debate and social events in the picturesque village this August.
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