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James Fintan Lalor Autumn School

The third annual James Fintan Lalor Autumn School will explore the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The school will begin the public engagement process in Laois, discussing in detail themes relevant to the people, events and lead-up to the Easter Rising.

Dunamaise Arts Centre

9th October to 10th October 2015

Panel Debates will link the writing of James Fintan Lalor with the revolutionary ideals of those who planned and took part, with a special debate on the 1916 Proclamation, the wording of which was influenced by James Fintan Lalor.

The opening event takes place on Friday 9th October in the Dunamaise Arts Centre with a keynote address entitled, “Commemoration” delivered by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter. The evening will also feature a special performance of music and stories inspired by the recently published book by Nuala Hayes entitled "Laois Folktales". She will be joined by musicians Cormac de Barra and Sean Ryan. The original illustrations from the book by Rita Duffy are on display throughout the event.

Saturday’s programme starts with ”The Life & Times of Peter Lalor”, an address by Chair of Laois Heritage Society Michael Parsons, on Peter Lalor, the brother of James Fintan Lalor and leader of the Eureka Stockade in Australia. A response to this will be given by Professor Erik Ekland, Australian Studies at UCD.

Throughout the day debates include; “Irish Freedom in the 21st Century” chaired by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, with contributions from Pat Cooke and Dr. Regina Chollatáin of UCD, and Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, of the Abbey Theatre. The second panel debate is “The Power of Interest Groups” chaired by Catriona Crowe, of the National Archives of Ireland, and panellists Helen O’Carroll, Curator of Kerry County Museum, Dr. Sandra Collins, the newly appointed Director of the National Library of Ireland and John Waters, Journalist and Author. The final debate of the day will be “The 1916 Proclamation” chaired by Prof. Bryan Fanning of UCD, with contributions from Liz Gillis, Author of “Women of the Irish Revolution 1913 – 1923”, Artist Robert Ballagh, and journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards.

This year’s James Fintan Lalor School marks the opening event of the Laois 2016 Programme and it will be a weekend of interesting and compelling debates and discussions not to be missed. The event will be held at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise, and full details and booking information are now online at www.jamesfintanlalor.ie.

Further details from James Fintan Lalor School Committee, Laois County Council 0578664000 e:info@jamesfintanlalor.ie.

Bookings : Weekend tickets€10. Available from Dunamaise Arts Centre Box Office: 057- 866 3355

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