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Thomas D’Arcy McGee 11th Annual Summer School Day 2

Thomas D’Arcy McGee 11th Annual Summer School

Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford, Co Louth

August 31st – September 1st


Theme:   Celebrating the Politics of Difference – The Relevance of McGee in Europe under Assault


The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Annual Summer School is back onsite in the idyllic setting of Carlingford Heritage centre.  East meets West every summer at the Summer School where issues of contemporary politics are debated in the historic context of McGee and his pioneering views on multiculturalism, ethnicity and accommodation.  The Summer School has established itself as a popular forum for politicians, government ministers, ambassadors, academics, historians and community activists to exchange views and seek direction.

This year, as war rages in Eastern Europe, the pressing issues of ethnicity, conflict and resolution still dominate global discourse.  The framework for governance and the lasting peace established under the Good Friday Agreement have never been more important as Brexit challenges the European project.  The 2022 Summer School looks through the perspective of D’Arcy McGee to understand better the significance of these current events as we bring together great minds and thinkers and activists from across Ireland, Europe and Canada to promoting dialogue and reconciliation.  Through a range of keynote and panel sessions, we are delighted to welcome back to Carlingford old favourites and present new voices drawn from the academic, diplomatic, political and social fields who will share thoughts and perspectives on how past lessons can inform the creation of peaceful, lasting and just solutions to contemporary issues.

A range of networking opportunities throughout the conference allow participants to enjoy the charms of this historic town, establish new friendships and copper fasten old ones.


Day 2 – September 1st 10am

10.00 am                         Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Michael Mulvey

President Dundalk Institute of Technology

10.15 am                       European Union- a political fantasy or achievable end-point

 -implications for this part of Western Europe?

                                                                    Professor Brigid Laffan

Emeritus Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies


11.00am                                                       Coffee/Tea Break


11.30am                   Panel:  Reflections on the Revelance of D’Arcy McGee in Europe under Assault

Chairperson:  Joan Martin, CEO Louth County Council

His Excellency Eamon Mc Kee – Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas

Robert Kearns- Chairman Canada Ireland Foundation

Noirín O’Sullivan- Retired Garda Commissioner

Ian Marshall – UUp Assembly Candidate for West Tyrone

Gerry Mc Alinden – International Development and Governance Consultant

12.45 pm                   Closing Remarks


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