Following on from last year’s success The 2nd Annual James Fintan Lalor School takes place at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise this Friday and Saturday (October 17 and 18).
Contributors from the worlds of politics, business, journalism and academia include Fr Peter McVerry, Eoghan Harris, Mícheál Martin, John Lonergan and Noeline Blackwell, with debates chaired by Diarmaid Ferriter, Sean O’Rourke and Áine Lawlor.
The weekend of drama, debates and political discussion inspired by the writings of James Fintan Lalor will be a fitting tribute to a significant national figure who engaged directly with the political climate of his time, fighting for land rights on behalf of the oppressed Irish farming community and the working classes.
A specially commissioned art exhibition entitled Síoraí: Eternal by Brendon Deacy was unveiled to a large appreciative audience at the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Friday 3rd October by renowned artist Robert Ballagh. The collection of paintings which take the words of James Fintan Lalor and presents them in the style of 19th Century political posters of his time, juxtaposed with images of contemporary Ireland to stunning effect.
Speaking at the launch, Robert Ballagh congratulated Laois County Council for their support of the James Fintan Lalor School. Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer with Laois County Council, congratulated Brendon Deacy for his excellent interpretation of the commission to celebrate the writings of James Fintan Lalor.
Margot Coogan, Chieftain of the Lalor Clan said “I am looking forward with great anticipation to the James Fintan Lalor Autumn School. This is an opportunity for all Laois people to celebrate our native son and the influence he has had on Ireland right up to today”.
Tickets are still available from the Dunamaise Box Office, priced at just €10 for the full weekend.