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Thomas D’Arcy McGee was born in Carlingford, Co. Louth, Ireland on April 13th 1825 and at seventeen he emigrated to the United States. He returned to Ireland as a successful nationalist, journalist and enthusiastically supported the 1848 Young Ireland rebellion. He escaped to Philadelphia as ‘a traitor to the British Government’. Over the following years McGee moved to Canada and to the right of the political spectrum. He became one of the founding fathers of the Canadian Confederation, but was assassinated on April 7th 1868.
The School was officially opened on the 8th May 2012 by His Excellency Loyola Hearn Canadian Ambassador to Ireland in Taaffes Castle, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
Listen to the podcast of the launch here -> http://soundcloud.com/raptor89/thomas-darcy-mcgee
Listen to an interview with Dr David Wilson on LMFM Radio here -> http://soundcloud.com/raptor89/lmfm-david-wilson-interview
Watch the promotional video here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thGWVx9296o
This years theme for the school will be – Thomas D’Arcy McGee ‘From Young Irelander to Canadian Loyalist’. It will explore Young Ireland and its legacy, McGee’s relationship with John Mitchel, the changing and diverse natures of our cherished ‘isms’ and why so many Young Irelanders served under two flags; Carlingford’s D’Arcy McGee in Canada, Newry’s John Mitchel in the Confederacy, Newry’s John Martin in Westminster, Monaghan’s Sir Charles Gavin Duffy in Victoria and Waterford’s Thomas Francis Meagher with the Union.
The theme will be discussed through various keynote speeches by academics from Canada including Dr David Wilson, Professor of Celtic Studies, University of Toronto and Biographer of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. Also speaking will be Anthony Russell, Retired Senior Lecturer in Education, Anglia Ruskin University.
“From his early involvement in Ireland, to his political leadership in Canada which led to him being called a ‘Father of Confederation’, D’Arcy McGee has created his place in history. This contribution is fittingly recognised in the establishment of the Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School in the home town of his birth”.
His Excellency Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.
“A brilliant writer, outstanding orator and charismatic politician, Thomas D’Arcy McGee was one of the greatest Irishmen of the nineteenth century — a one-time revolutionary republican who wound up as a Father of Canadian Confederation, and whose career is endlessly fascinating”.
Dr David Wilson, Professor of Celtic Studies, University of Toronto and Biographer of Thomas D’Arcy McGee.
“The Thomas D’Arcy McGee International Summer School allows us to focus on the very different geographical and political journeys of the Young Irelanders following the 1848 rebellion – like McGee many served under two flags”.
Anthony Russell, Retired Senior Lecturer in Education, Anglia Ruskin University.
For more information please contact Tommy Fegan
Tel: +35342 937 0241 or +35342 937 0200 ext. 2121