Merriman Summer School – All Welcome

THEMELove and Marriage revisited

DIRECTOR: Dr. Linda Connolly, UCC

DATES: 12th to 15th August

VENUE: glór, Ennis, Co. Clare

The Summer School season has arrived, and one of Ireland’s longest-running events, the Merriman Summer School has just announced its full programme. Taking place in glór, in Ennis, Co. Clare from August 12-15, this year’s school will take the timely topic of Love and Marriage for its theme.

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Divorce Referendum, which passed by a narrow majority and led to the introduction of divorce for the first time in Irish law; the passing of the Children and Family Relationships Act (2015); and a referendum to introduce same sex marriage was passed by a large majority on May 22nd 2015. With a resoundingly clear result in the referendum behind us, the Merriman Summer School will allow us to stand back and take a look at what love and marriage have meant in Irish society at various times in its history, and consider what it will mean from now on, as well.

Catherine McGuinness, former Supreme Court judge, will open the proceedings on Wednesday August 12th at 7pm in glór, reflecting on some of the ways in which Irish society has redefined love and marriage in recent decades. The following 3 days will be packed with lectures, seminars, concerts, poetry readings, writer interviews and informal gatherings. Among those addressing the school will be Roy Foster, Lucy McDiarmid, Tom Inglis, Patricia Coughlan, ConorO’Mahony, Carol Coulter, the author DonalRyan, and poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Rita Ann Higgins and Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Talks, readings, performances and debates by leading scholars, writers adoireann.merriman@gmail.comnd artists will deal with topics as diverse as twenty years of divorce in Ireland, love and marriage in the 1916 Rising, sexual citizenship, same sex marriage, women’s lives, marriage traditions and love and intimacy in Irish writing. The Summer School will close with a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ on ‘Love and Marriage since the Famine.’

The Director of the 2015 summer school is Dr. Linda Connolly, Director of the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century in UCC. Her publications include work on Irish feminism, social movements and family life.

Tickets may be bought for the full school or for individual events, with booking available through glór.

Booking: 065 684 3103

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