School to re­mem­ber finer de­tails of 1916

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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