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DkIT Supports 8th Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School ‘Brexit – Back to the Future’

01 June 2019

The theme of this year’s Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School in Carlingford on 20th and 21st August reflects the instability evident in the lives of our politicians, businessmen, academics and the wider communities – north and south, east and west. 

In September 1919, a British Parliamentary Committee Report first recommended a two-parliament solution to the Irish question. The Unionist Leader James Craig proposed a six county solution in order ‘to ensure a built-in unionist majority into perpetuity’. Today Brexit has again placed the border at the heart of political debate but within a very different demographic and economic scenario; one within which the border is unlikely to be redrawn. With reference to the Canadian experience of conflict resolution the Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School will examine the real and imagined political landscapes of both yesterday and today.

Speaking today, President of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Michael Mulvey, PhD added:

We are delighted to support the launch of the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School once again this year. This is a wonderful initiative, which celebrates political and cultural reflection for people across the island of Ireland and beyond. Originally from Carlingford, Co Louth, Thomas D'Arcy McGee is now considered a father of modern Canada and his support for the principle of ‘unity of diversity’ is as relevant in today’s society as it was in the mid-19th Century. We are looking forward to welcoming people from across our region to join us this August for another vibrant summer school experience.”

 The summer school is delighted Professor David Wilson, Biographer of D’Arcy McGee, volumes 1 and 2, and Canada’s National Biographer, will again lead a varied collection of academics, writers, businesspersons and journalists in an informed and informative reflection on the state of Ireland, Britain and Europe today.

The programme also includes the ever popular Politicians’ Forum and a lively social programme which includes the The Trial of the Gaelic Lords of Ulster before the Court of History, an open air reception, north south pipe bands display and the Folk ‘n Trad nite with Gerry O’Connor and friends. The programme is being delivered by a local consortium, including the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Foundation, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust, the Irish Canadian University Foundation and Altnaveigh House, Newry.

Programme details will be announced later.

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