The Earls' Wake

Cultural conference examines the role of history and politics

The Office of Public Works stages a major cultural forum in Donegal this September to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Flight of the Earls. The event, taking place in Rathmullen House, looks at how history and politics affect culture.

The conference is part of an interdisciplinary bilingual festival assessing the contemporary artistic and cultural legacy of the Flight of the Earls in 1607, forming part of a National Celebration of Shared Histories (under the aegis of the Dept of the Taoiseach and the Dept of Art, Sport and Tourism).

The festival launches with a keynote address by playwright Frank McGuinness, followed by four half-day panel discussions, set over two days. Each panel consists of three speakers and a chair. Topics on the agenda are Anglo-Irish Literature, Music, Visual Arts and Irish Language.

On the evenings of September 12-13, Cathail O Searcaigh and Liam O Maonlai perform and the final part of the conference takes place on the tall ship Jeanie Johnston, leaving from Rathmullen to retrace the first few miles of the Earls' journey.

This is followed by a piano recital by Michael O Suilleabhain. Other contributors include Robert Ballagh, Derek O'Connor, Fintan O'Toole, BP Fallon, Mary Cloake and  Mary O'Malley, with acclaimed director Ken McMullen producing a documentary of the entire event.

Download the programme and registration form from this page, or contact or 00353 7491 37071 for more information.