The Festival launches on Friday 23rd of June  7.30pm  after a civic reception at Gorey Library.  All are welcome to attend.

8.00 Opening Lecture

9.30  Traditional music with Aris in the Loch Garman Arms

Saturday 24th of June

9.00 Registration Eileen Gray Room Ashdown Park Hotel .
9.30 “What does 1798 mean today?” Professor Kevin Whelan University of Notre Dame

Chair: James Browne BL TD

10.30 Refreshments

11.00 “In the footsteps of 1798 to the Irish Famine: Emigration to Mid West America”. Professor Dan Gahan University of Evansville

11.45 “The Flight of the Earles: The decline of Protestant North Wexford”  Michael Dwyer  Historian.

 Chair: Dr Ida Milne

12.30  Break For Lunch

1.45 Field trip: “In the footsteps of 1798:Clough Tuberneering and Ballymore House”. Bus departs library

6:00 Gorey Innovation  Hub. An Interview with Martin Naughton, Entreprenuer: Moderated by Robert MacGiolla Phadraig.

7.30 Reception and Festival Dinner, Ashdown Park Hotel.


June 25th SUNDAY

10.45  Bus departs Ashdown Park for Kiltennel Church.  Kiltennel Church:Panel Discussion with Marina Carr, dramatist Neil Murray, Dir Abbey Theatre Michael O’Dea President RHA John Waters, author.

Theme: Can the Arts hold their own in a world of fake news and short attention spans?

Moderators: Tommy Graham History Ireland  Kevin Whelan Notre Dame

1.30 Lunch Ashdown Park .