Walking in the Footsteps of Seán Mac Diarmada

2019 Schedule of Events


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    Friday 8th of June

    The opening ceremony of the Seán Mac Diarmada
    Summer School will take place at the Seán Mac Diarmada homestead
    in Kiltyclogher at 6.00 p.m..

    Following the opening ceremony, light refreshments
    will be served in the Community Centre in
    Evening Session… Cost €5.00

    On Friday evening, we encourage
    people to park in Kiltyclogher at the Community
    Centre and avail of our free shuttle service.

    Shuttle bus from Kiltyclogher to Seán MacDiarmada cottage from 4pm onwards.

    Shuttle buses to the homestead will depart at 5.00pm from
    the centre and return after the event.

    Saturday 9th June

    Morning lectures ……….. Cost €25.00
    Evening Lectures ……….. Cost €25.00
    Full Conference (Friday & Sat including lunch) …. Cost €45.00

    Lunch is available on site. Cost €5.00
    All cheques and postal orders to be made out to:
    Seán MacDiarmada Summer School

    For Bookings or further information please contact:

    Kathleen/ Regina,
    C/O Kiltyclogher Heritage Centre,
    Co Leitrim.
    Website: www.seanmacdiarmada.ie
    or call 083 1847432

    Please note: The Conference fee does not include accommodation.
    We recommend early booking as places are limited.

    All Day display of Exhibition of original copies of Seán Mac Diarmada’s 25 pages of rough notes and up to 40 pages of his hand written answers and returned corrections with comments from the night course ‘1904 Revised Programme of Examinations, Candidates for admission to Training School’.

    The rough notes consist of a number of single page short stories on the following subjects:

    • Composition exercise on English Colonies
    • Composition exercise on ‘English settling in Ireland’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘Colonies’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘Music’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘Highlands of Scotland and an meeting with the Queen,
    • Composition exercise on ‘a hare and a hawk’,
    • Composition exercise on Contrasting life between country and town youth,
    • Composition exercise on ‘Frost’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘The lion and the slave’,
    • Composition exercise on how the ‘Chinese fish’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘Sore eyes of an elephant’
    • Composition exercise on the ‘five great senses’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘Stone’,
    • Composition exercise on ‘God’s way is best’,
    • Pages of Rough work on maths,
    • Letter to his friend Thomas Cullen in Glasgow dated 3/11/1902,
    • Spellings.

    Up to 40 pages of Formal hand written answers submitted to the organisers of the Correspondence Course. These were returned graded with comments.

    These pages are comprised of:
    • Front and back page of 1904 Revised Programme of Examinations Candidates for admission to Training School.
    • History
    • English essays,
    • Music
    • Dictation
    • General Knowledge
    • Geography
    • Maths numerous pages on this subject.
    • Book Keeping
    • Spellings


  • Evening Sessions 8pm. Susan Carton


    Susan moved to Kiltyclogher in 2004 with her
    partner Paul. Born and reared in Dublin, she was
    looking for a different quality of life and was drawn
    to Leitrim for the beautiful unspoilt landscape, the
    spirit of the people and the peace and quiet.
    In 2013, Susan got involved with Love Leitrim, a
    grassroots community group, who were interested in
    protecting Leitrim and the rest of the country, from
    the threats posed by Fracking. Following a successful
    campaign, culminating in the passing of a ban on
    Fracking in June 2017, Susan became involved, with
    the rest of her community, in the campaign to secure
    the primary school in Kiltyclogher.
    She currently works in St Angela’s College in Sligo
    where she is Programme director for the BA (Health and
    Disability Studies) and BA (Disability Equality Studies).

  • Saturday 8th June


  • Session 1: 10.30a.m. Presentation by George O’Malley


    Title: Saving the West – What Time Is Left?

    George O’Malley was born and raised in Co. Mayo. He is an honours graduate in mathematics and the sciences, small-holder and forest owner with more than 10 years teaching experience at second and third levels in Ireland.

    He has in excess of 25 years national and international experience across Europe and Russia in the areas of forestry, natural resources, environment, sustainability, community, rural and SME development. He has co-ordinated and led several international projects and proposals throughout Europe from the Balkans to the Baltics up to €30 million.

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  • Session 2: 12noon. Presentation by Eamonn ó Cuiv (TD)


    Title: The Establishment and the Government Got It Seriously Wrong in the National Planning Framework.

    Born in Dublin, June 1950. Married to Áine Ní Choincheannain, with  three sons and one daughter. Educated Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Dublin: UCD (BSc). Former Manager of a Gaeltacht Co-Operative involved in establishing local businesses including agricultural services, timber milling, tourism and cultural and social development.

  • Session 3: 2.30p.m. Presentation by Caoimhin O’Coilean


    Title: Balanced Regional Development: a Win – Win wherever we choose to live’.

    Caoimhhghin O’Caoláin T.D. a native of Monaghan town, is Sinn Féin’s longest serving Dáil Deputy, representing the border constituency of Cavan and Monaghan since 1997.  He has been an elected representative for 33 years, having first been elected to Monaghan County Council in 1985.

    He was a member of the Sinn Féin negotiating team that led to the Good Friday Agreement. He was his party’s Dáil Leader from 2002 until 2011.  A long time spokesperson on Health and Children issues, he is currently his party’s spokesperson on
    Disability Rights and Older People. Caoimhghín is Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on
    Justice and Equality.

  • Session 4: 3.30p.m. Presentation by Mairead McGuinness


    Title: Rural Ireland’s Place in Europe.

    Mairead McGuinness is the First Vice-President of the European Parliament and represents the Midlands-North-West constituency in Ireland.

    As First Vice-President, she oversees relations with national parliaments, in particular with the EU affairs committees of Member State parliaments.

    She has responsibility for the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and non-confessional organisations on EU policies and legislative proposals.

    Mairead is a member of the Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and the Constitutional Affairs Committee. An agricultural economist, her work focuses on the future shape of agriculture and rural development policies, global development policy, the environment, public health, and food safety and security.

    She is Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.