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
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 .