MacGill Summer School & Arts Week
July – August, Highlands Hotel, Glenties
For Programme of Events and this year’s speakers check:
–The Irish Times
The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty two years and in that time has grown from modest beginnings to being one of the most important fora in Ireland for the analysis of topics of national interest. Founded by Dr Joe Mulholland and a local committee in Glenties to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, some of whose books became bestsellers in Britain in the first decades of the 20th century, the School has consistently been a source of innovative and fresh thinking on a whole range of social, economic and political ideas.
It brings together every July, government ministers, members of the opposition, heads of industry, trade union leaders, economists, sociologists, church leaders, members of the judiciary as well as public representatives from Northern Ireland. For a week in July, the small village of Glenties becomes a major, non-partisan centre of debate to which the public can gain access for a few Euros.
As the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising approaches, the theme of this year’s MacGill will be: LOOKING TO 2016 – HOW STANDS THE REPUBLIC? More than 50 contributors will focus on how the Irish Republic came into being, on its present state and on the need to reform its political and administrative institutions.