Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, will celebrate a special Mass for the repose of the souls of Daniel O’Connell and his family at the conclusion of the Daniel O’Connell Summer School, which takes place this weekend from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August. The Mass will take place on 28 August at 9:30 in Saint Crohan’s Church in Caherdaniel, Co Kerry.
The three-day summer school takes place in Caherciveen, the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, and in Derrynane House, his ancestral home, where he lived for many years. Known as ‘The Emancipator’, O’Connell is famous for his contribution to society and politics in Ireland and Britain in the 19th century, where he campaigned for Catholic emancipation.
Over the three days, the Daniel O’Connell Summer School will hold several talks on the history of Daniel O’Connell, as well as local and national history. Speakers at the school will include Former President of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese, who will speak on O’Connell, and will also take part in an interview and Q&A session; Professor Paula Murphy, who will speak on the history of the O’Connell Monument in Dublin and Michael Clifford, broadcaster, author and columnist for the Irish Examiner, who will who will speak about his grand-uncle Tom Clifford who fought in the Irish Citizen Army in 1916.
The opening day will also conclude with a Mass at 7:30pm in O’Connell Memorial Church in Caherciveen for all who took part in the 1916 Rising in southern Kerry, celebrated by Father Larry Kelly PP.
For more information on the Daniel O’Connell Summer School, please visit oconnellsummerschool.com.