The Daniel O’Connell Summer School for 2021 takes place in the Ring of Kerry Hotel, Cahersiveen and in Derrynane House, Caherdaniel over the bank holiday weekend, 22/23 . The School highlights the legacy of Daniel O’Connell, nationally and internationally, explores issues of importance to O’Connell and which are still relevant today and celebrates the rich traditions and folklore of O’Connell’s native South Kerry.
As is always the case, the programme is varied and there is something in it for everybody. The School will be opened by the outgoing Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, who will speak on “Ireland and the Law”. He will be followed by the former president of the Royal Irish Academy, Nicholas Canny”.
There will also be a session on how the War of Independence and the Civil War unfolded in Kerry. As part of this, Professor Mary McAuliffe will talk about the role of Cumann na mBan while Owen O’Shea will look at how newspapers influenced public opinion. On Friday afternoon, the Knight of Kerry, Adrian FitzGerald will also launch a book about one of his predecessors who did much to shape the development of South Kerry
In the Con Keating Park in Cahersiveen, Maurice Fitzgerald and some of his colleagues from the GAA will remember Maurice “Junior” Murphy who died last June.
On Saturday, the School will host a session devoted to South Kerry’s rich horticultural heritage. The Head Gardeners in Derreen and Derrynane will talk about their work and its interest for the thousands of people who visit South Kerry every year to view their gardens.
This year, pre-registry for the School is essential. Booking can be made at www.danieloconnellsummerschool.com. For those who do not have access to online, they can call 087-3510732. There will also be live-streaming the lectures.