The Daniel O’Connell School 2022 will reconvene over the Bank Holiday weekend of Friday/Saturday, 28/29 October 2022. On Friday, 28 October, the School will be held at the Ring of Kerry Hotel, Cahersiveen (at the western end of the town). On Saturday, 29 October, the School will be held in Derrynane House, Caherdaniel, as usual.

Those who intend to attend the School (on either or both days), are advised to pre-register. This may be done through our website where those registering will be asked to pay an attendance fee of €25 per day, or €40 (to include morning coffee) for the two days. Those who do not have access to online may register by calling 087-7562772.

For those who do not attend the School in person, the lectures will be live-streamed from Cahersiveen on Friday, 28 October through the School’s website. Saturday’s lectures in Derrynane will be recorded and will be available for viewing from 30 October, again through the School’s website. A registration fee of €15 will apply.

For updates on the programme, please refer to the School’s website.

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 Friday, 28 October 2022, Ring of Kerry Hotel, Cahersiveen

 9.30 am:  Introduction and WelcomeProfessor Maurice Bric, Director of the Daniel O'Connell School.

Opening Session: A New Dawn?


Professor Robert Gerwarth, "The Irish Civil War in an International Context".  Professor Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin.  He has also held a number of visiting professorships, including at Harvard and Yale Universities.  He is currently Senior Research Fellow of the European Research Council and is working on the civil wars of the 1920s.  He has published widely - most notably on the First and Second World War - and is the recipient of numerous awards for his work.

Senator Mark Daly will speak on "The Evolving Role of Seanad Éireann since 1922".  From Kenmare, Co. Kerry, since June 2020, he has been Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, to which he was first elected in July 2007.  He takes a particular interest in the affairs of Northern Ireland as well as in the Irish Diaspora. 

Professor Bernadette Whelan will speak on "The Private and Public Life of a 'First Lady' in 1920s Ireland".  Bernadette is Professor Emerita at the University of Limerick and is completing a manuscript titled 'First Ladies and First Gentlemen: The Evolution of a Role, Ireland, 1919-2011'.  Bernadette is co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy.

11.00 am: Coffee Break

11.30 am:     The Daniel O'Connell Lecture, 2022.

This lecture will be given by Mr. Bertie Ahern, Iar-Thaoiseach na hÉireann.  It will be given in the format of an interview which will be conducted by Stephen Collins.

After serving in a number of ministries, Bertie Ahern served as Taoiseach between 1997 and 2008.  He was one of the main architects of the Good Friday Agreement and continues to comment on its legacy.  He will speak about Anglo-Irish Relations as well as on the changing nature of politics in the post-Brexit era.

Stephen Collins is a columnist with The Irish Times. He has also been a Political Correspondent with the same paper as well as political editor at the Irish Press, Sunday Press and Sunday Tribune. His most recent book, Ireland's Call: Navigating Brexit, was launched earlier this month.

1:15 - 2:30 pm: Lunch

2.30 pm: Public Health: Cahersiveen Connections   


Professor Brendan Kelly will speak on the Cahersiveen-born Ada English, member of the Second Dáil and pioneer of public health in Ireland. Brendan is a Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College and a Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital.  He is the author of Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist and In Search of Madness: A Psychiatrist's Travels Through the History of Mental Illness.

Dr. Ida Milne will speak on "An Earlier Pandemic: the "Spanish Flu" of 1918-1919 and how it Shaped Public Policy and Healthcare in Ireland".  Ida lectures in European History at Carlow College.  She was a frequent commentator on Irish and international media during Covid-19 and chairs the History of Medicine, Science and Technology Network Ireland.  She is also co-chair of the European Social Science History Conference (Health and Environment Strand) and is Irish editor of the Irish Literary Supplement.

5.00 pm: Con Keating Memorial Park, Cahersiveen

Mickey "Ned" O'Sullivan, played at senior level for the Kerry Team between 1971 and 1980 and captained the victorious team in 1975.  He has also served the GAA as a selector, manager and mentor.  He will talk about his time in these roles as well as how the game has changed over the years. 

Saturday, 29 October 2022.  Derrynane House, Caherdaniel

10.00 am: The Different Worlds of O'Connell and his Family


Professor David Dickson is Professor Emeritus of History at Trinity College, Dublin.  He has published widely on Irish History and in particular, on Irish economic and social history.  His much-acclaimed book on Cork and South Munster, 1630-1830, was published in 2005.  Among many other books, his The First Irish Cities, was published by Yale University Press last year.  David will speak on 'The Economic Transformation of Eighteenth-Century Kerry'.

Professor Jacqueline Hill is Professor Emerita of History at Maynooth University, with an interest in 18th and 19th-century Irish history, especially religious and political history. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Irish Academy.  Her publications include From Patriots to Unionists: Dublin Civic Politics and Irish Protestant Patriotism, 1660-1840 (1997), and (as editor), A New History of Ireland, 1921-84 (2003 and 2010).  Jacqueline will speak on "Dublin and Daniel O'Connell".

Professor Christine Kenealy is Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. She is the author of several books on nineteenth-century Ireland, including, Daniel O'Connell and the Anti-Slavery Movement: 'The Saddest People the Sun Sees' (2016) and Black Abolitionists in Ireland (2020). Her recently-published edited collection, More Heroes of Ireland's Great Hunger (with Gerard Moran and Jason King) includes a chapter on Daniel O'Connell and the cover features a painting of Derryane by Jack B. Yeats.  Christine will speak on "Daniel O'Connell and the 1840 International Anti-Slavery Convention".

11:15 am: Coffee Break

11:45 am: Priests and People


Dr Colum Kenny BCL, BL is a professor emeritus of Dublin City University and an honorary bencher of the Society of King's Inns. A Journalist and historian, his books include King's Inns and The Kingdom of Ireland: Ireland's 'inn of court' 1541-1800 and Kenmare: History and Survival - Fr John O'Sullivan and the Famine Poor. Colum is a distant relation of Fr O'Sullivan. The title of Dr Kenny's talk is " 'Bare repealer’ and 'close relations': Fr John O'Sullivan, the O'Connells of Derrynane and Catholic diversity in nineteenth century Kerry".

Conor Dodd is Resident Historian at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, and will speak on "Catholic Burials and the Law in the Age of O'Connell".

12:45 pm: Lunch

1:45 pm: Caricatures and Cartoons


Rickard O'Connell is a member of the O'Connell family and will speak about "Daniel O'Connell 'The Darranane Conjurer or More Wigs on the Green: A Life in Political Print".  He enjoys spending time with his family at the Western Lodge Derrynane.

Felix Larkin is a historian and former public servant. He has written extensively about the history of the press in Ireland and the history of Irish political cartoons.  He will talk on "The Asinine Law - Irish Legal Cartoons".

2.30 pm: Book Launch of Patrick and Paul Murray, The Life and Times of Kathleen O'Connell 1888-1956: Éamon de Valera's Indispensable Secretary (Dublin: De Búrca, 2022)
This book has just been published and is a biography of Kathleen O'Connell, de Valera's much valued Secretary who was born in Caherdaniel in 1888 and is buried in Glasnevin.  The Speaker will be Éamon Ó Fearghail, grandnephew of Kathleen O'Connell and godson of Máire Ní Cheallaigh and Éamon De Valera.

 An Scoil 2022

Chuir Dómhnall Ó Conaill tús le cultúr nua i bpolaitíocht na hÉireann agus na hEorpa. Duine mór le rá ab ea é sa Bhreatain agus cáil air mar óráidí ag treisiú an liobrálachais. Eiseamlár do lucht polaitíochta ins na Stáit Aontaithe ab ea é maidir lena shlite polaitíochta agus mar a mheall sé an gnáth-phobal chun páirt a ghlacadh i bpolaitíocht na tíre. D’fhág sé rian fé leith ar chás na nIúdach agus cás na mílte a bhí brúite fé smacht ag an sclábhaíocht. Dlíodóir iomráiteach ab ea é agus bhí baint mhór aige le cúrsaí gnó na hÉireann. Déanfaidh an Scoil Samhraigh an méid seo a iniúchadh, a scagadh agus a cheistiú.

For further information, please contact

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Phil O’Neill: Tel: 087 3510732