Honouring patriot James Fintan Lalor

Pictured at the James Fintan Lalor  Statue outside County Hall to announce details of the James Fintan Lalor Autumn School , were:Gerry Murphy ( C.E.O. Laois County Council ) , Michael Parsons ( Laois Heritage/Heritage Council ) ,Dep. Charles Flanagan T.D. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade ) , Kevin Lalor Fitzpatrick ( Great great grandnephew of James Fintan Lalor ) , Michael Lalor ( Comm. ) , Ian Mc.Cormack ( Senior Executive -lAOIS county Council / Organiser ) and Tom Lawlor ( Comm. ) .   Photo: Michael Scully - no reproduction fee .
An impressive line up of speakers are on the panel for the upcoming James Fintan Lalor Summer Autumn School.

An impressive line up of speakers are on the panel for the upcoming James Fintan Lalor Summer Autumn School.

The official opening of the weekend long event will be performed by Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade on Friday, October 17 the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.

The opening Night will feature an Art Exhibition by Brendon Deacy, Síoraí (Eternal), a series of formidable paintings visualising James Fintan Lalor’s words today and the first of the debates on the theme of “A Nation Once Again” Ireland of the 1840’s and Today. Confirmed contributors include: Diarmaid Ferriter Historian, Michéal Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fail, Jack O’Connor President SIPTU, Michael Starret CEO The Heritage Council, Regina Culleton, Senior Lecturer UCD and Eoghan Harris Journalist.

The following day panellists will debate the themes “The Wild Geese” Emigration The Cost and Benefits to Ireland and Other Countries and Property has its Duties as well as its Rights.

Confirmed contributors included: Áine Lalor, Sean O’Rourke, Sharon Foley CEO Irish Hospice Foundation, John Lonergan former Governor of Mountjoy Prision and author, Mary Carroll Journalist, Jim O’Brien journalist, Brendan Flynn, Director Clifden Arts Festival, Laura Harmon President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Noeline Blackwell FLAC, Pat Moylan, Theatre Producer and former Chair of The Arts Council, Michael McDowell, Barrister and former Táinaiste and Peter McVerry, Fr Peter McVerry Trust.

The organisers believe that the weekend has the potential to bring together a variety of parties with an interest in Irish history, heritage, politics and current affairs.

“The School is a fitting tribute to James Fintan Lalor, a significant Laois born national figure who engaged directly with the political climate of his time, fighting for land rights on behalf of the oppressed farming community and the working classes” say the organisers.

The event is a follow on to the Inaugural Event which took place in September 2013

To attend book contact: Dunamaise Arts Centre on +353 57 8663355, info@duanmaise.ie, www.dunamaise.ie, www.jamesfintanlaor.ie