The 2023 Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School will be on the weekend of 5th - 7th May in the Franciscan Friary Hall Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.
The School was established in Rossnowlagh in 2013. The first Summer School took place on 17th May, 2014. The purpose of the school is to celebrate the life and achievements of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh and his colleagues, the other members of the ‘Four Masters.’ The school also commemorates the work of the Franciscan Friars of the period who lived in Donegal and in Louvain. Mícheál Ó Cléirigh was born in Creevy, between Rossnowlagh and Ballyshannon and the Franciscan Friary today is located in Rossnowlagh. It is entirely appropriate, then, that the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School is located in Rossnowlagh, in the Friary itself and and environs.
The theme of the 2023 Summer School is Feast – Food - Famine / Féasta – Bia- Ganntanas and the various talks will explore the hardships of day-to-day life in post medieval Ireland in the period from 1500 to 1800 where seasons good or bad could determine the life expectancy of men, women and children. Each year there has been a Primary School Art Competition where all schools in the locality, wishing to participate, submitted artwork by their pupils in 4 categories based on the theme of the Summer School. This is one of our most successful initiatives. The level of interest and participation grows each year with Primary Schools from Co Donegal, Co Leitrim and Co Fermanagh taking part.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.