Between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 September 2018 the inaugural ‘Thomas Kent School of History’ symposium took place in Fermoy, Co. Cork. Named in honour of Thomas Kent, who was executed for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916, the inaugural symposium will focus on 1918 in both national and local contexts, with a wide range of lectures, walks and other events.
The symposium began on Friday, September 28 with a free open day for primary, secondary and third-level students. The symposium was officially opened that evening at 7.30pm by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, followed by a keynote address by J.J. Lee (NYU), and events ran through the weekend until Sunday afternoon. Speakersincluded Aoife Breathneach, Gabriel Doherty, Sheila Llewellyn, Ida Milne, Tomi Reichental, Damien Sheils, and Gerry White
The Thomas Kent History School was founded by Mary Colette Sheehan of UCC, and is intended to be an annual event throughout the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries and beyond. The Thomas Kent History Symposium is supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, and the School of History in UCC.
From Century Ireland: Thomas Kent and Cork’s Rising experience.