The Unfinished Business of 1916

Ad-booklaunch for SAOIRSE_RoscommonOn Saturday June 6, 2015 the 2nd Annual Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School will take place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon from 9.30am to 5.30pm. This year the Summer School will be looking ahead to the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh worked throughout his life for economic, political and social justice both in Ireland and internationally and these themes will be reflected in the Summer School programme.

Current issues such as the Campaign against Water Charges and the battle for the control of our natural resources, for example the Shell-to-Sea campaign, will be debated in terms of how these issues reflect in a modern context the ethos and thinking behind the 1916 Proclamation.

The Rising and the politics of commemoration. The relevance of the 1916 Proclamation and what it has to say to the Ireland of today. The 1916 Rising and Ireland’s place in the global struggle against imperialism will all feed into what promises to be a day of lively debate and discussion.

Book Launch: Selected Writings and Speeches Volume 1: 1970 -1986. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, edited by Dieter Reinisch, will be launched in the hotel straight after the Summer School at 6pm.

On Sunday, June 7 a commemoration will be held. Forming up beside the entrance to the Abbey Hotel at 11.45am there will be parade to the grave of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh at St Coman’s Cemetery where the oration will be given by John Joe McCusker, Fermanagh.


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