O’Cleirigh Summer School opens in Rossnowlagh this Friday evening

This year’s Micheal O Cleirigh Summer School will open in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal, this evening.

Ó Cléirigh, who lived from about 1590 to 1643, was a chronicler, scribe and chief author of the historic compilation, the Annals of the Four Masters,

Professor Mary Daly, retiring president of the Royal Irish Acadmey, will open the summer school at 7 o’clock in the Friary Hall.

This year, much of the discussion will focus on Europe, which is particularly timely in view of Brexit.

After this evening’s opening, Dr Alison Forrestal of NUI Galway, in a discussion entitled ‘Europe of the Regions’ will describe the Europe that Micheal O Cleirighen encountered in the early 1600s.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the school will run from 10am, when author and award-winiing journalist Deaglan de Breadun will speak about Brexit.

The keynote address will be delivered at 5:30 on Saturday by Professor John McCafferty, director of the UCD Micheal O Cleirigh Institute.

Spoeaking to Ocean FM News this lunchtime, Deaglan de Breadun says for this region, Europe is now more topical than ever: