Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School
20 August 2012 - 22 August 2012
Thomas D’Arcy Mc Gee was born in Carlingford on April 13th 1825. At the age of 17 he emigrated to the United States. He returned to Ireland as a successful nationalist journalist and enthusiastically supported the 1848 Young Ireland rebellion. He escaped to Philadelphia as ‘…a traitor to the British Government’. Thomas D’Arcy McGee later moved to Canada and to the right of the political spectrum. He became one of the founding fathers of the Canadian Confederation where he met his death and assassinated on April 7th 1868, probably by a Fenian hand. The International Summer School will take place from August 20th - 22nd with the theme: Thomas D’Arcy McGee – ‘From Young Irelander to Canadian Loyalist’. The international School aims to explore the following: * Young Ireland and its legacy * Thomas D’Arcy McGee: The changing and diverse natures of our cherished ‘isms’ and why so many Young Irelanders served under two flags * Carlingford’s Thomas D’Arcy McGee in Canada and the foundation of the Canadian Federation * Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s relationship with 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 and the great Irish Emancipator and Political leader Daniel O’ Connell * The stories of Thomas D’Arcy McGee and the Young Irelanders will be presented in words, images, poetry and music and the relevance these were to modern Irish politics. The Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School will be operated in the birth place and medieval setting of Carlingford, Co. Louth. Local venues i.e. Carlingford Heritage Centre, Taffes Castle and Gahan House, among others will be used to stage the proposed workshops. Attendee’s of the International school will add to the local tourism industry and avail of local accommodation, restaurants and outdoor activities while enjoying the picturesque setting of Carlingford.
Telephone:+353 (0)42 937 0200
Address: Carlingford, Co Louth