The inaugural Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School will take place at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on June 6,7, and 8. The event will involve discussion and debate covering a range of topics and issues which were central to the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh such as the history and development of Irish Republicanism, the Irish language, the international dimension of the Irish struggle in the context of global anti-imperialism and the Éire Nua programme for a New Ireland of which Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was an architect and champion. The summer school will also include a reflection on the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh by people who were comrades and friends over many decades. Among the speakers are Professor Robert W. White, biographer of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Desmond Fennell, Dr Kevin Bean, Dr Marisa McGlinchey, Maura Harrington and the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton.
The weekend will culminate with a commemoration at the graveside of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh in St Coman’s Cemetery on Sunday June 8 at 12 Noon where the oration will be given by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton.
The weekend will be a celebration of the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and a forum for engagement with the issues which motivated and inspired him throughout his life.
RUAIRÍ Ó BRÁDAIGH SUMMER SCHOOL
ABBEY HOTEL, ROSCOMMON
FRIDAY JUNE 6
6.00pm: Welcome and introductory remarks by the President of Republican Sinn Féin
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: A life pledged to Ireland
6.15pm – 8.00pm
SATURDAY JUNE 7
Eire Nua: A vision of a democratic Ireland / Alternative to Partition
10.00am – 11.30am
The Revolutionary Tradition in context
11.30 am – 1.pm
Language, Culture and Identity
2pm – 3pm
Irish Republicanism in the 21st Century
Our youth are our future
4pm – 5pm
General Discussion which will include social and economic issues
5pm – 6.30pm
SUNDAY JUNE 8