Walking in the Footsteps of Seán Mac Diarmada

2017 Schedule of Events

  • We wish to thank everyone who attended this year’s Summer School and making is such a great success. Thank you to the speakers and panel. Their lectures gave us an insight to the effects Brexit will have on the Country.

    This is the Catalogue of the display presented to Kilmainham Gaol on the 6th November 2016. Kilmainham Gaol Inventory of Sean Mac Diarmada Collection
    Link to Sean MacDiarmada 2017 Brocure

    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’. This is the first time these documents will be visible to the public.

    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


  • Funders


  • Presentation by Marc Geagan


    Marc is a lecturer at the North West Regional College in Derry, Northern Ireland. He is a regular contributor to the History Ireland Hedge School series and has recently published two books, “ Dancing by the Sea” and “Bordertown Blues”. He has lectured at UL, NYU and Drew University (USA). His presentation is 'The Historical Border - its creation & impact'.
  • Presentation by Marian Harkin


    Marian Harkin - Independent MEP representing the 15 counties of the Midlands-North-West constituency in the European Parliament– Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan. She will give a presentation on Brexit and the EU - how to protect Ireland's interest's.
  • Presentation by Stephen Kinsella.


    Stephen Kinsella is 2016 Economist of the Year – Smurfit Business School, Dr. Kinsella is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Limerick and a weekly columnist for the Sunday Business Post. His subject is 'Brexit and Ireland's regions'.
  • Presentation by Ming Flanagan.


    Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is an Irish independent politician, currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Midlands–North-West constituency. Ming has served as a member of Roscommon County Council between 2004 and 2011. The subject of his presentation is'Brexit and The White paper on the future of Europe'.
  • Pearse Doherty TD


    Pearse Doherty is the Finance Spokesperson for Sinn Féin and TD for the Constituency of Donegal South West. The subject of his presentation will be announced later.