The seventh Annual Micheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School was a virtual school event and held from Thursday May 6th 2021 right through the weekend with events starting at 8pm each evening and ending on the evening of Sunday 9th May.
The theme of the summer school was ‘Women in Turbulent Times Mná in Aimsir Chorraithe 1551-1651″ The events of the weekend related stories of the personal experiences of women during this very distressed time in Irish history. Often whilst their husband, father or brothers were away fighting, exiled, imprisoned or dead, they supported their families by managing the land and property. Their efforts and struggles were often overlooked or forgotten, perhaps purposefully, in subsequent historical accounts of the time- history that is only being properly researched and reassessed in recent times.
Other events included a talk on the townlands of the area by Tony Lenihan, a Primary schools’ art competition where nine local primary schools from three counties took part and musical interludes performed by Aonghus MacAmhlaigh on the cello.
We look forward to May 2022 and will begin preparing for that Summer School later in September and we hope the successful rollout of the vaccine programme will allow us to hold it over a weekend in early May (exact dates to be confirmed) held in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal. However owing to the success of the virtual talks this year we hope to keep some aspects of it with live streaming of some of the events.