Michael O Cleirigh Summer School

Date: 12 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
Where: Rossnowlagh
Venue: Franciscan Friary Campus at Rossnowlagh
Email: mocschool@gmail.com
Tel: +353 (0)87 4445848

2017 Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School will be held in the Friary Hall in Rossnowlagh Co Donegal on the weekend of Friday the 12th May to Sunday 14th May.

The theme of the School will be "Europe: Donegalâ€ï¿½s Influence 1617 to 2017".

Echoing the scenes in Europe today, the Irish people migrated in their thousands from the island in the 16thto the 18th centuries. They left because their land had been taken by planters and the Gaelic Order in which their society was organised had broken down. The Flight of the Earls in 1607 was one of the last acts in this great drama and one of the people who left Donegal at that time was Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, principal of the four Masters. The final entry in the Annals of the Four Masters, which Ó Cléirigh managed and scripted with three others, was in 1616, and 400 years later the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School will focus on the Irish refugees and emigrants.

The title of the Summer School in 2016 is Refugees and Strangers: being Irish in Europe 1500-1800. The school will begin in Rossnowlagh on Friday 27th of May and conclude on Sunday 29th May, 2016. A full programme of events will be announced later and speakers with special expertise have been invited. The school will focus on the contribution that the Irish made to Europe in the religious, cultural and economic spheres between 1500 and 1800. There will be an examination of the impact of Mícheál O Cléirigh and the other Donegal Franciscan Friars made, many of whom worked in Louvain in the first half of the 17thcentury.