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The 4th McGlinchey Summer School

29th - 30th June, 1st July 2001 Summer School Schedule

''Emigration to Britain and the US since the Famine."


The McGlinchey Summer School was first held in June 1998 to create an awareness of the rich heritage and folk traditions of Inishowen and the North West. Since then various aspects of that local heritage have been explored in our annual summer school and this year the theme is "Emigration from Ireland to America and Britain since the Famine"

Over the last 100 years many Irish people were forced to emigrate to seek a livelihood abroad and now in more prosperous times it is fitting to reflect on that experience and hear the stories of those who went away, not forgetting either those who stayed and kept the home fires burning.

A wide variety of talks are planned for the weekend and speakers from Ireland, England, Scotland and America have been invited.An outline programme is given below.

Lectures to be held
Friday evening, 29 June
Saturday morning, 30 June
Sunday afternoon, 1 July

Exhibition centre open throughout the weekend.

Separate Art Exhibition.

Field Trip Saturday afternoon.

Music and storytelling each evening.


Following discussion with the Committee the following speakers have been invited:

Opening speaker: Mr. Dan Mulhall

Consul general, Consulate General of Ireland , Edinburgh.

Piaras macEinri

Director, Centre for Diaspora Studies, University College, Cork.

"Overview of Irish Emigration".

Grace Neville

University College, Cork.

"Great swells of girls": Irishwomen and Emigration to North America in the Early Twentieth Century

Ultan Cowley

Rathangan,Duncormick, Co. Wexford

"The Irish Navvy in the U.K."

Dr. Joe Bradley

University of Stirling, Scotland

"The integration of Irish Emigrants in Scotland in the middle decades of the twentieth century".

Dr. Angela Bourke

University College Dublin.

"The theme of Emigration in the plays of Brian Friel"

Boston Speakers

John McColgan

"Donegal in Boston Life and Politics."

Erin Collins

"Three Stories of Inishowen Immigrants in Boston: the 1900s, 1950s 1980s."

Marie Daly

"Transcending the Myths of Irish-American Experience:

Inishowen Immigrants in Woburn, Massachusetts."

Charlestown Historic Society:

Exhibit on the history of the Irish in Charlestown.

John Moulden

"Songs of Emigration"

A Panel of Local Speakers will relate their experiences.


For further information ring 077-76772.

For accommodation ring 077-76151.



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