School to remember finer details of 1916
THE ‘BOB Monteith Summer School’, with an eclectic programme of speakers, will be held as part of the commemorative ‘Kilcoole Remembers 1916’ festival which will be held over the June bank holiday weekend, from June 2 and 5.
The aim is to bring the forgotten and lesser known stories of 1916 to an audience and to increase awareness to the complexity and diversity of people and events of the era.
A number of events are scheduled to take place each day.
On Thursday, June 2, at 7.30 p.m., historian Ben Fagan will speak on ‘Wicklow Men Fighting for Ireland’s Freedom’. ‘ The Seal of Love and Death’ will be presented by dance choreographer Adrienne Brown and will be ‘exploring ideas surrounding the implacability and drama of death’. Michael Kenny from the National Museum at Collins Barracks will speak on ‘Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times’, and finally Mary Mannion’s ‘Housemaids, Hussies and Women in High Places; Remembering Forgotten Women’ completes Thursday.
Friday, June 3, at 4 p.m. Peter Murtagh will explore the names of the fallen of WWI, commemorated in Greystones Church of Ireland. Philip Orr will discuss ‘ The Battle of Somme and the Ulster Protestant Imagination’ and James Curry will look at Ernest Kavanagh, ‘Liberty Hall’s Artist of the Revolution’, a friend of Monteith’s who, a non-combatant, was shot by a sniper on Easter Monday.
Events will begin on Saturday, June 4, at 10.30 a.m. with Gegori Meakin and a look at ‘ The Legacy of Captain Robert Monteith’. The life of Sargent-Major Michael Keogh of Casement’s ‘Irish Brigade’ in Germany will be presented by his grandson, Kevin. Finally Helen O’Carroll, Curator of the Kerry Museum, will look at the story of those from Ardfert at the trial of Roger Casement as witnesses to Casement and Monteith’s return to Ireland from a U-boat at Banna Strand on Good Friday, 1916.
Taking place in Druid’s Glen Golf Course (formerly Woodstock Demesne on which Robert was born in 1878), the Bob Monteith Summer School is free to attend and no booking is required. Entrance is on the Kilcoole to Newtown road at the Gate Lodge entrance to the Club House.
For full details of all events taking part during Kilcoole Remembers 1916, visit www. kilcooleremembers1916.com.
The organising committee of Kilcoole Remembers launching the festival.