Some Pictures from the weekend events

Friday 12th May

Mary Daly

Dr Mary Daly opening the Summer School

2017 Summer School Official Opening

by Dr Mary Daly- President of  the Royal Irish Academy. Professor of Modern Irish History U.C.D.

When elected as President of the Royal Irish Academy in 2014 she was the first woman to be elected to that position in the Academy’s 230 year history. Professor Mary Daly was educated at University College Dublin (BA, MA) and Nuffield College Oxford (D. Phil.). During her academic career at UCD she also held visiting positions at Harvard Boston College and EUI Florence.

Alison Forrestal

Dr Alison Forrestal


First Address -

Europe of the Regions – The Europe that Br. Mícheál Uí Cléirigh and the Irish Friars encountered after 1607.

By Dr. Alison Forrestal N.U.I. Galway

Dr Forrestal is a Lecturer in the Department of History at NUI Galway. Her interests lie in early modern European history. She has a particular interest in ecclesiastical and religious history of the 17th Century.


The Sheerin Family

The Sheerin Family group


Summer School Club-

Sandhouse Hotel- where the topics of the evening were discussed and considered!

Saturday 13th May


Second Address-


Dr. Mark-Empey

Traders, tricksters and tearaways: the Irish in Europe in the 17th Century

  by Dr. Mark Empey N.U.I. Galway.

Dr. Mark Empey is a lecturer in early modern British and Irish history at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research has focused on political and religious British and Irish history in the past.
He completed his PhD at University College Dublin (UCD) in 2009; with a thesis examined peripheral governments in the early Stuart period by comparing the policies Sir Thomas Wentworth pursued as king’s representative in the Council of the North (Yorkshire) and in Ireland.



Third Address


Deaglán De Bréadún

Brexit- The potential fallout in Political & Constitutional terms

by Deaglán De Breadún, journalist,author & broadcaster.

Deaglán de Bréadún is a former award-winning journalist for the  Irish Times. He held a number of positions including Northern Editor, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Irish Language Editor and most recently Political Correspondent.



Fourth Address

Irish Culture today on a global & European stage.

by Dr Alan Titley U.C.C.

Alan Titley

Dr Alan Titley

Alan Titley is a novelist, story writer, playwright and scholar. He has also written and presented documentary films on literary and historical subjects, and has been writing a weekly column for The Irish Times on current and cultural affairs since 2003.

He was born and raised in the city of Cork, where he studied to be a primary school teacher. His work took him to Nigeria where he taught during the Biafran War. While there he travelled extensively across West Africa through both jungle and desert. He returned and taught deaf children in Dublin while studying for an evening degree at University College Dublin.





Getting ready for the prize giving

Prize-givingPrimary School Art Competition

getting rady for the prize giving

Waiting in anticipation

  Summer School Craft Events starting at 2.00pm

Irish Traditional Costumes -

Proinsias 2

Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaile

A talk and demonstration of what was typical Gaelic dress for people in  17th Century Ireland by Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaille

Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaile is a writer, historian and tour guide from Ballyshannon. He has received the nominal letters C.I.O.M from Clans of Ireland for his years of work and research in the field of Irish history, in particular surname research and the study of traditional Irish clothing. He is also the historian for the McGinley clan and is the Curator of Ballyshannon & District Museum.

The Art of Calligraphy & the Annals

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Ann O’Clery demonstrating her Calligraphy

- a demonstration and talk of the materials and methods used by the annalists who worked on the “Annála Riochta na hÉirinn”

by Ann O’ Clery

Ann O’Clery is a watercolour painter and calligrapher, has a degree in Architecture from UCD and a Diploma in Calligraphy from CLAS (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society). She is a member of CLAS and Peannairi (Association of Irish Calligraphers) and is Past President of the Water Colour Society of Ireland. Her paintings are in collections in Europe, Australia and US.  She has recently undertaken a study of the script of Michael O’Cleirigh.

Ros Harvey Tim Stampton, Ann O'Clery

Ros Harvey Tim Stampton & Ann O’Clery

The Art of Medieval Book Binding- a demonstration of the materials and methods used by medieval bookbinders.

By Tim Stampton

Tim Stampton

Tim Stampton with his bookbinding device

Tim Stampton is an artist and illustrator working from his studios in Malin, County Donegal, Ireland. He creates handmade prints from his wood engravings and woodcuts and also produces watercolour illustrations. In 1989, he moved to Ireland with the Irish artist Ros Harvey. Together established Ballagh Studio in Malin by converting old farm buildings. Ballagh Studio now includes personal studios, a printmaking workshop, a framing facility and a showroom that is open to the public.
His prints have been exhibited internationally, including shows in Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland and the UK. He has illustrated a number of commercially published books (see below for a selection). He has also published several hand-printed, limited-edition books on Irish folklore under his own press, Apple & Wave.


History Ireland -Hedge School

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History Ireland Debate

Ireland and Europe -Then and Now.

Panellists- John Mc Cafferty, Mark Empey & Alan Titley, Deaglán De Bréadún.

Moderated by Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland magazine.

Keynote Address

John McCafferty

Dr John McCafferty

From Donegal to Purgatory (and back)

Europe Lough Derg & the Irish Franciscans

by Dr John McCafferty UCD

 John McCafferty is Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, a partnership between University College Dublin and the Irish Franciscans. He holds a PhD in history from Cambridge University and has taught in UCD, where he took his first two degrees, since 1994. He has published  on the histories of both Protestant and Catholic Churches in early modern Ireland.

School Dinner in the Sandhouse Hotel


Musical Evening – Bel Canto- Erdini

Sunday 14th May


Tour of the Four Masters Historical sites

Four Masters Monument, Mullinaleck Bridge


Reconstructed Mullinaleck Bridge


on the bridge


on the bridge 2The monumentCIMG5095


Ballyhanna Church and Graveyard, Ballyshannon




Ballyhanna Church



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Jim McIntyre who was the guide for the tour



Abbey Assaroe & Abbey Mill

carved door stone (from Abbey) set into the graveyard wall

Carved Stone probably from a doorway set into the graveyard wall and serving as a step



Abbey wall 2Abbey wall


Abbey Mill


The Mill wheel




Catesby Cave


Abbey Well

Abbey Well