“Emerging Ireland Post 1916”
Chairman of the La Touche Legacy George Jones this week said “they were delighted to have such a great line of speakers for this the 28th La Touche Legacy Seminar and 3rd Festival of History . The event run in conjunction with GAHS has the theme emerging Ireland post 1916
In a statement this week the Chairman of the La Touche Legacy George Jones announced that it’s with regret that they advise of the withdrawal of Professor Ronan Fanning from their list of speakers at the 28th Legacy Seminar on September 23-25. George advised that Professor Fanning is currently in hospital and must withdraw from his speaking engagements , the Chairman wished Professor Fanning on behalf of the committee a speedy recovery.
George Jones went on to confirm that he was delighted that Stephen Collins Political Editor of the Irish Times had agreed to replace the lecture by Ronan Fanning. Stephen will speaking to paper titled “Decade of Commemorations and General Review of the 1912 to 1923 Period” Stephen Collins Journalist & author prior to his time as Political Editor of the Irish Times had previously with the Irish Press and Sunday Tribune. He has been the author of many books including “The Cosgrave Legacy”, “The Power Game”, “The Haughey File”, “Spring and the Labour Party” and” Breaking the Mould” background to the formation of the PD’s
Besides Professor Stephen Collins heading up the list of speakers and Pat Cox being the Keynote dinner speaker, George said they were delighted that there was a great additional line up of both International & National Speakers. Local genealogist and archivist Catherine Wright will be on hand to give us an introduction to Genealogy, her talk will follow on from an exhibition devised by the pupils of St Laurence’s NS and undertaken to celebrate Proclamation Day 2016 and will focus on the political and family life of the Ryan Family, Dr James Ryan was chief medical officer in the GPO during Easter Week and of course went on to be a founding member of Fianna Fail and Government Minister.
The other major figures of Irish history Emmet Dalton, Michael Collins Eamon De Valera, Lady Lavery will also figure during the weekend. The Chairperson of GAHS Rosemary Raughter said “they were delighted to have Dr Owen McGee a local Greystones resident to speak on Arthur Griffith, Owen has recently published a book on his subject. His first publication The IRB: from the Land League to Sinn Fein won the National University of Ireland Centennial Prize for Irish History “