Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School gets underway in Carlingford
The eighth annual Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School opened in Carlingford yesterday.
DKIT and the Thomas D’Arcy McGee Foundation organised the two day event which examines topics under the theme of ‘Brexit- Back to the Future’.
The opening was carried out by Michael Mulvey, president of Dundalk IT with the keynote address given by Professor David A Wilson of the University of Toronto.
In his address he spoke about Thomas D’Arcy McGee who was born in Carlingford in 1825 and who is considered a father of modern Canada.
Professor Wilson brought to life the story of D’Arcy McGee from his extreme Republican views to his belief in the ‘unity of diversity’, and how such an individual can make a move from being revolutionist to becoming a moderate through compromise and compassion.
The Summer School continues today in the Carlingford Heritage Centre (pictured above) with prominent guests including EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson DUP MP.
Attending the event, local Cllr Erin McGreehan praised the organisers.
She noted that: “The quality of debate and speakers at the event was top class. I was challenged and educated by the contributors and that is essential from any Summer School.
She added that she hoped “this event gets the recognition it deserves and is in no doubt that it will go from strength to strength.”