21 - 26 July 2019, Glenties
The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty nine years and in that time has grown from modest beginnings to being one of the most important fora in Ireland for the analysis of topics of national interest.
Founded by Dr Joe Mulholland and a local committee in Glenties to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, some of whose books became bestsellers in Britain in the first decades of the 20th century, the School has consistently been a source of innovative and fresh thinking on a whole range of social, economic and political ideas.
It brings together every July, government ministers, members of the opposition, heads of industry, trade union leaders, economists, sociologists, church leaders, members of the judiciary as well as public representatives from Northern Ireland. For a week in July, the small village of Glenties becomes a major, non-partisan centre of debate to which the public can gain access for a few Euros.
Preparations are well underway for the MacGill Summer School to take place as usual in the beautiful little town of Glenties in County Donegal, thrice winner of the Tidy Towns competition and close to the Wild Atlantic Way.
As usual, more than fifty contributors, drawn from a broad range of public life in Ireland and Europe including political leaders, will contribute to a week of intensive debate in which audiences are not only enabled to participate but are encouraged to do so. In almost twenty sessions, reflecting the serious challenges which the island of Ireland and Europe as a whole now face, the MacGill School will demonstrate once again that its reputation as a major national forum is well deserved.