Daniel O'Connell Summer School

Programme 2017

Daniel O’Connell Summer School 2017

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th of August 2017


Friday, 25 August, 2017, The Library, Cahersiveen

9.20 am         Introduction:  Professor Maurice Bric, Director of the Daniel O’Connell Summer School.

Opening Address: Mr. Micheal Lehane.  Micheal was born and raised in Cahirsiveen.  He is currently Political Correspondent in RTE.

9.50 am         The Fenians and their Impact on Ireland and its History

On the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising in South Kerry, Professor Vincent Comerford will analyse its impact on Ireland and its history.  Professor Comerford is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  He is the author of a number of books and articles on the history of nineteenth-century Ireland, including The National Question (2000); The Fenians in Context: Irish Politics and Society 1848-92 (1996) and Ireland: Inventing the Nation (2003)

10:30 am        Refreshments

11:00 am         Kerry: Plans and Progress?

Moderator: Professor Brendan O’Keefe, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.  Brendan is the author of two major reports on the development of South Kerry and has moderated and led a number of meetings and symposia on the subject.  He is a social geographer by profession and has published widely on the subject.


Ms. Moira Murrell is Chief Executive Officer of Kerry County Council.  Prior to this appointment in 2015, Moira worked for Cork County Council as a Director of Services (West Cork Division) and for four years as Divisional Manager in North Cork.

Speaker on Policy on Infrastructure and Industrial Development (To be Confirmed)

Mr. Sean Kelly, MEP.  Sean is a native of Kilcummin.  He is a former President of the GAA (2003-6) and has been an MEP for Ireland South since 2009.

3:00 pm          The Daniel O’Connell Lecture, 2017

Introduction:    Professor Maurice Bric, Director, Daniel O’Connell Summer School

Speaker:          Mr. John Bruton.  Mr. Bruton is former Taoiseach (1994-97) and former EU Ambassador to the United States (2004-9).  He is currently chair of the IFC (financial services) as well as other public and private bodies.

4.15 pm           Concluding Remarks

5.15 pm           Con Keating Park GAA Park, Cahersiveen

7.30 pm           Publishing Local History: A Showcase, the Barracks Heritage Centre

In conjunction with the town’s bookstores, this event will celebrate local historians who have published on local history, most often through private presses.

Saturday, 26 August, 2017.  Derrynane House, Caherdaniel

10am              O’Connell and Ireland’s Other Leadership


Mr. Paul Gallagher, SC, “Daniel O’Connell and the Law”“.  Paul is a Senior Counsel and former Attorney General of Ireland.

Dr. Sile McGuckian, “Daniel O’Connell and Dublin Castle”.  Sile has a PhD in Law from the University of Oxford.  She is an Independent Scholar and is currently writing a biography of Richard Wellesley, brother of the Duke of Wellington and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during part of O’Connell’s career.

Dr. Tom McGrath, “Daniel O’Connell, Bishop Doyle and the Catholic Church”.  Tom is Registrar of Carlow College and has written an acclaimed multi-volume biography of Bishop Doyle, one of the most influential of Catholic bishops during the nineteenth century and a sometimes critic of O’Connell and his views.

11.30am          Refreshments

12.00pm          Daniel O’Connell and the Gaelic Tradition


Professor Neil Buttimer, “O’Connell and the Gaelic Tradition as seen from a Contemporary Diary”.  Neil is Professor of Irish Literature at University College Cork and the author of a number of works on the so-called “Hidden Ireland”

“South West Kerry and the Gaelic Tradition” (Speaker to be Confirmed)

2.15     Daniel O’Connell and his Worlds in Kerry

Sir Adrian FitzGerald, “Daniel O’Connell and the FitzGeralds, Knights of Kerry”.  Sir Adrian is the 24th Knight of Kerry and will speak on the sometimes troubled relationships between O’Connell and the Knights.

kDr. Ciaran McDonnell, “Daniel, Count O’Connell”.  Ciaran teaches history in UCD and is completing a major work on the impact of Irish families on eighteenth-century Europe.

Dr. Conor Brosnan, “Admiral Moriarty: a Kerryman in the Royal Navy”.  Conor is a GP based in Dingle.  He also lectures on the maritime history of Kerry during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  He has recently published a paper on shipwrecks off Kerry.

Closing Remarks:  Mary O’Connor, Chairperson of the Organising Committee.

Sunday, 27 August, 2017

9.30 am           Memorial Mass for the O’Connell Family.  Celebrant: Most Rev. Dr. Ray Browne, DD, Bishop of Kerry, followed by Reception in the Caherdaniel

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