2022 School

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Press Statement from DLR Roger Casement Summer School

Date: Tuesday 22 April 2022

2022 Summer School Offerings

The fourth DLR Roger Casement Summer School is taking place in this, the year when the Casement memorial statue in Dún Laoghaire will be unveiled. Happening at its usual venue, the Dún Laoghaire Lexicon on 5-7 May, the 2022 School has a strong Programme.

Top of the bill is a politically controversial debate between Clare Daly and Barry Andrews on the topic, ‘What the war in Ukraine means for Ireland and the EU’. Chaired by well-known journalist, Deaglán de Breadún, it will provide an opportunity for a rare exchange of views on the tragedy that is unfolding in Ukraine.

For the first time we are this year holding a Musical Evening in which renowned tenor Paul Linehan will perform songs by Thomas Moore, Thomas Davis and Percy French (Moore’s songs were a favourite of Casement). We will also have readings describing Thomas Moore’s life-long adherence to the ideals of the United Irishmen and, in private and public life, his outspoken antipathy to the rigid morality of his times.

The challenge represented by the Ukraine war will get further attention when human rights activist Roos Demol presents a paper on the treatment of refugees in Ireland. This year our offering in collaboration with Front Line Defenders is a talk on human rights in Afghanistan by Sayed Anosh. As always, these sessions will be chaired by Mary Lawlor, currently a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

In what will be a busy afternoon on Friday 6 May the School will include a lecture on the National War of Independence in Dún Laoghaire by Padraig Yeates, a screening of “The Secrets of Putumayo” (film about Casement’s work in South America) and, in collaboration with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLR), the launch of The Casement Memorial Statue, a beautifully designed book, written by Angus Mitchell and published by DLR.

We are pleased once again to have the involvement of present and former officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs. In a session chaired by former Minister of State Martin Mansergh, Ruarí de Búrca will present on “Casement, Ireland and the United Nations”, and Philip McDonagh will give a poetry reading, as well as chairing the Friday afternoon sessions.

The lectures on Saturday morning will be by Tom Daly of the Ulster GAA on Casement Park Stadium in Belfast, and Dr Hilary Dully on the memoirs of journalist and Easter Rising participant Máire Comerford (1893-1982). These will be chaired by author and former Sinn Féin publicity director, Danny Morrison.

As Roger Casement attracts admiration from a diverse cross section of Irish opinion, the organisers of the Summer School take pride in holding it as a space of culture, tolerance and intellectual inquiry.

The full Programme is attached.


Contact: Dave Alvey, Chair, 086 0572005. Dr Angus Mitchell, Programme Director, 087 7571802.

E-mail: casementschool@gmail.com  Web: www.rogercasementsummerschool.ie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DLR-Roger-Casement-Summer-School-1238498799572264/

This Page comprises the full Programme of the 2022 School including payment details and images of the poster for the event and the associated leaflet.

Short Press Statement


Full Programme

The dlr Roger Casement Summer School and Festival is organised to honour the memory of Dún Laoghaire born Irish revolutionary and international human rights advocate, Roger Casement.


Admission:      €25 for full three days including Musical Evening

                            €5 per session, €10 for Musical Evening, seating capacity is only 120.

                            Make cheques payable to Roger Casement Summer School or pay at door.

Post cheques to:   RCSS, 2 Corrig Road, Dalkey, County Dublin, A96 F8P2

Bank:                 AIB, George’s Street Upper, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 DT85

IBAN:                 IE49AIBK93340639479011

BIC:                   AIBKIE2D

Venue:             dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin.

Patrons:           Dr Angus Mitchell (Programme Director), Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, Patrick Casement, Professor Laura Izarra.

Further information:

                            Tel: 086-0572005 or 087-2611597

                            Facebook: DLR Roger Casement Summer School

Email:                casementschool@gmail.com

Website:          www.rogercasementsummerschool.ie


Time:                       6.30-9.00 pm

Host:                        Mary Delaney

                                   Opening address from An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire County Council, Cllr Lettie McCarthy

                                   Night of Music and Song with Paul Linehan

                                   Songs by Thomas Moore, Thomas Davis and Percy French

                                   Tenor: Paul Linehan, Music: Anne Cullen, Readings: Dave Alvey


Time:                       9.30-10.00 am Registration

Duration:                10 am-11.00 am

Chair:                       Martin Mansergh

Speaker:                 Ruairí de Burca, Department of Foreign Affairs

Topic:                       Casement, Ireland and The United Nations



Time:                       11.15 am-1.00 pm

Chair:                       Deaglán de Bréadún

Speakers:               Clare Daly MEP, Barry Andrews MEP

Topic:                       What the War in Ukraine means for Ireland and the EU


Time:                       2.15-3. 40 pm

Chair                        Philip McDonagh

Speaker:                 Padraig Yeates

Topic:                       Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the National War of Independence 1919-1922


Movie:                    Secrets of Putumayo directed by Aurélio Micheles

Time:                       3.45-5.08 pm (1 hr 23 mins)

Introduction:        Philip McDonagh

Narrator:                Stephen Rea

Poem:                     Casement in Pentonville by Philip McDonagh


Time:                       10.00-11.00 am

Chair:                       Danny Morrison

Speaker:                 Tom Daly, Chairman Casement Park Stadium Development Project Board

Topic:                       The Story of Casement Park in Belfast


Time:                       11.15 am-1.00 pm

Chair:                       Danny Morrison

Speaker:                 Hilary Dully, Editor of On Dangerous Ground – A Memoir of Irish Revolution

Topic:                       Maire Comerford’s Memoirs

                                   (Copies of the book will be on sale at the Summer School)



Time:                       2.15 pm-3.15 pm

Chair:                       Mary Lawlor

Speaker:                 Sayed Anosh, Afghan Human Rights

Topic:                       Human Rights in Afghanistan


Time:                       3.30 pm -4.30 pm

Chair:                       Mary Lawlor

Speaker:                 Roos Demol, Human Rights Activist

Topic:                       Refugee Treatment in Ireland


Time:                       4.30 pm / Closing address by Dave Alvey, Chair, dlr Roger Casement Summer School.