Byrne Perry to discuss regional events in 1916

By Fintan Lambe

Published 21/04/2015 | 00:00

A group taken before the surrender in Enniscorthy, on May 1, 1916. Front: Seamus Rafter, Robert Brennan, Seamus Doyle, Sean Etchingham; Back: Una Brennan, Michael de Lacy, Eileen Hegarty.
A group taken before the surrender in Enniscorthy, on May 1, 1916. Front: Seamus Rafter, Robert Brennan, Seamus Doyle, Sean Etchingham; Back: Una Brennan, Michael de Lacy, Eileen Hegarty.

Interest is building in this year's Byrne Perry School in Gorey which examines regional perspectives of the 1916 Rising.

'There's been a very good reaction from people for the theme and the speakers,' said Summer School chairman Fr Walter Forde. 'We're hopeful of having a good response.'

He said there is particular interest in the field trip of sites associated with Rising in Enniscorthy, which will be led by Dr Henry Goff.

'The first session on Saturday morning will look at regional perspectives of the rebellion,' said Fr Forde. 'Enniscorthy was one of the most significant locations for the Rising outside Dublin.' For the second session on Saturday, the speakers will look at the contribution of women fighters to the Rising.

'There's already a build up to next year's centenary commemorations,' said Fr Forde. 'This time next year, there will be a huge amount of events on. The most important aspect for any community is to learn more and get the facts right.'

'In-depth study is the most important thing, and like most historical events, we don't know enough about the nuances,' he added. 'Very few people outside Enniscorthy would be aware of the extent of the rebellion in the town. We have a very big line up of first rate professionals over the weekend. We will get the facts and tease out the details and nuances.'

Minister of State Aodháin Ó Ríordáin will officially open the 21st annual Byrne Perry Summer School in Gorey, on Friday, June 26. Dr Martin Manseragh will deliver the Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture on the opening evening. Speakers over the weekend will include John Gibney, Martin O'Donoghue, Philip Orr, Meredith Meagher, Ida Milne, Liz Gillis, Margaret McAuliffe, Ruan O'Donnell, Brian Hanley, and Lorcan Collins.

The cost of the weekend is €130, or €80 for students and seniors, for all lectures, dinner, entertainment and field trip.

To book, a place at Byrne Perry, contact Gorey Tourist Office on 053 9421248 or email info@northwexford.com

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