The fourth annual James Fintan Lalor Autumn School entitled “1916, Looking Back, Looking Forward”, is a weekend of drama, music, debates and political discussion inspired by the writings of James Fintan Lalor.
The School takes place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.
As the programme of commemoration for the 1916 Centenary draws to a close, this year’s school will reflect on the year’s activities and consider what the future will bring for Ireland and her people.
Chair of the James Fintan Lalor School Committee Muireann Ní Chonaill said, “the programme for this year’s school reflects on where we are now, politically and artistically.”
“There are new dimensions to this year’s school, including the Hedge School debate chaired by Tommy Graham and the Soap Box events.
“Coupled with the opening artistic showcase, on Friday night, the exhibition curated by Brendon Deacy and lively debates, the weekend promises to be thought provoking and stimulating.”
An exhibition entitled “Unfettered Man of Letters” of memorabilia linking James Fintan Lalor and 1916, will be on display in the foyer of the Dunamaise Arts Centre, from September 16 (Culture Night) and throughout the weekend of the James Fintan Lalor Autumn School.
Friday night’s opening event, entitled The Journey, promises to be a rich showcase of some of the music, drama, poetry, prose and dance which featured during the year of commemoration, including a performance of a specially commissioned work entitled “Harps Rising”, written by Scottish Composer, Caitriona Mc Kay.
The Producer of the showcase is Frances Harney.
On Saturday, October 1 the debates include; 1916, what are we remembering and why?
Chaired by Diarmuid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History, UCD, the panellists include Fergal Mc Garry, Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University, Belfast; Conor Brady, Journalist and Author; Caitriona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland and Eve Morrison, Historian and Author.
The second panel debate is hosted by History Ireland Hedge School and is titled, “Were the ideals of the 1916 Rising subsequently betrayed?
Chaired by Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland; panellists include Robert Ballagh, Artist; Conor Mc Namara, NUI Galway; Mary Mc Auliffe, Author and Assistant Professor at UCD School of Women’s Studies and Susan Mc Kay, Author and Director of the Glens Centre, Leitrim .
Soap Boxes on the day will be made by Brendon Deacy and Lorraine Comer.
Brendon Deacy, has recently returned from exhibiting “Sioraí: Visualising the Words of James Fintan Lalor Today”, in Ballarat, Australia, site of the Eureka Stockade which was led by Peter Lalor, brother of James Fintan Lalor.
Lorainne Comer of the National Museum of Ireland will reflect on the 1916 Commemoration from the perspective of the National Museum.
The 2016 James Fintan Lalor School is a weekend of interesting and compelling debates and discussions.
All the event will be held at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise, and full details and booking information are now online at www.dunamaise.ie.
The Autumn School is supported by the Lalor Clan and the Laois Heritage Society and co-ordinated by the Arts Office, Laois County Council. Grateful acknowledgement is given to Laois County Council, Laois 2016 Centenary Programme, The Dunamaise Arts Centre, History Ireland and the Leinster Express.
Tickets for the events on Friday 30th September and 1 October are €10 each.
Bookings : Available from Dunamaise Arts Centre Box Office: 057-8663355