Date(s) - 25/08/2017 - 26/08/2017
9:15 am - 5:15 pm




Friday 25th & Saturday 26th of August 2017


Friday 25th August 2017, The Library, Cahersiveen

9.20 am         Introduction:  Professor Maurice Bric, Director of the Daniel O’Connell Summer School.

Opening Address: Mr. Micheal Lehane.  Micheal was born and raised in Cahirsiveen.  He is currently Political Correspondent in RTE.

9.50 am         The Fenians and their Impact on Ireland and its History

On the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising in South Kerry, Professor Vincent Comerford will analyse its impact on Ireland and its history.  Professor Comerford is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  He is the author of a number of books and articles on the history of nineteenth-century Ireland, including The National Question (2000); The Fenians in Context: Irish Politics and Society 1848-92 (1996) and Ireland: Inventing the Nation(2003)

10.30 am        Refreshments

11.00 am         Kerry: Plans and Progress?

ModeratorProfessor Brendan O’Keefe, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.  Brendan is the author of two major reports on the development of South Kerry and has moderated and led a number of meetings and symposia on the subject.  He is a social geographer by profession and has published widely on the subject.


Ms. Moira Murrell is Chief Executive Officer of Kerry County Council.  Prior to this appointment in 2015, Moira worked for Cork County Council as a Director of Services (West Cork Division) and for four years as Divisional Manager in North Cork.

Professor Jim Walsh. Jim is Professor of Geography and Vice-President
of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Finbarr Bradley “Rural Ireland’s Advantage in a Globalised World”

Finbarr teaches at the UCD Smurfit Business School.  He has written extensively on the relationships between culture and the economy, particularly how place-based enterprises impact the future of the Gaeltacht and communities throughout rural Ireland.

1.00pm Lunch

3.00 pm          The Daniel O’Connell Lecture, 2017

Introduction:    Professor Maurice Bric, Director, Daniel O’Connell Summer School


Mr. John Bruton.  Mr. Bruton is former Taoiseach (1994-97) and former EU Ambassador to the United States (2004-9).  He is currently chair of the IFC (financial services) as well as other public and private bodies.

4.15 pm           Concluding Remarks

5.15 pm           Con Keating Park GAA Park, Cahersiveen

Chair: John Joe O’Carroll. John Joe is Kerry’s delegate to the Central Council of the GAA.


Gerry Grogan. Gerry was born in Cahersiveen and is familiar to many as the “Voice of Croke Park”. He is a former teacher and co-ordinator of Cumann na mBunscoil.


Saturday 26th August 2017.  Derrynane House, Caherdaniel

10.00 am              O’Connell and Ireland’s Other Leadership


Mr. Paul Gallagher, SC, “Daniel O’Connell and the Law”“.  Paul is a Senior Counsel and former Attorney General of Ireland.

Dr. Sile McGuckian, “Daniel O’Connell and Dublin Castle”.  Sile has a PhD in Law from the University of Oxford.  She is an Independent Scholar and is currently writing a biography of Richard Wellesley, brother of the Duke of Wellington and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during part of O’Connell’s career.

Dr. Tom McGrath, “Daniel O’Connell and Bishop Doyle”. Tom is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar at St. Patrick’s College, Carlow and has written an acclaimed multi-volume biography of Bishop Doyle, one
of the most influential of Catholic bishops during the nineteenth century and a sometimes critic of O’Connell and his views.

11.30 am          Refreshments

12.00 pm          Daniel O’Connell and the Gaelic Tradition


Dr Neil Buttimer, “O’Connell and the Gaelic Tradition as seen from a Contemporary Diary”. Neil is Senior Lecturer in Roinn na Gaeilge, University College Cork.

Muiris Ó Raoghaill, “The Folklore of Caherdaniel as seen by Three Local Collectors”. Muiris is a native of Castlecove and a primary school teacher in Kildare.

1.00 pm    Lunch

2.15 pm     Daniel O’Connell and his Worlds in Kerry


Sir Adrian FitzGerald, “Daniel O’Connell and the FitzGeralds, Knights of Kerry”.  Sir Adrian is the 24th Knight of Kerry and will speak on the sometimes troubled relationships between O’Connell and the Knights.

Dr. Ciaran McDonnell, “Daniel, Count O’Connell”. Ciaran teaches history in UCD and is completing a major work on the Wild Geese in eighteenth-century Europe.

Dr. Conor Brosnan, “Admiral Moriarty: a Kerryman in the Royal Navy”.  Conor is a GP based in Dingle.  He also lectures on the maritime history of Kerry during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  He has recently published a paper on shipwrecks off Kerry.

Closing Remarks:  Mary O’Connor, Chairperson of the Organising Committee.

Sunday 27th August 2017

9.30 am           Memorial Mass for the O’Connell Family.  Celebrant: Most Rev. Dr. Ray Browne, DD, Bishop of Kerry, followed by Reception in the Caherdaniel.

Derrynane House and Gardens will be open free to the public for the day as part of the contribution of the Office of Pubic Works to National Heritage week.

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