The O’Brien Summer School (TOBSS) is a new philanthropic, non-profit initiative that aims to make Irish history more widely accessible to all. Founded by Lord James O’Brien and Lady Cheryl O’Brien, its voluntary management team also includes The O’Brien (Lord Inchiquin) and representatives from Trinity College, Dublin (speaker programme co-ordination) and University College, Dublin, supported by Moira O’Brien (webmaster) and Brona Moriarty of the Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre (local heritage liaison).
TOBSS inaugural event is an educational and entertaining symposium taking place on 2-3 July this year, where ten expert medieval historians will bring to life the culture, the landscape, the music and the battles associated with Ireland’s most famous High King, Brian Boru and the Viking invaders he fought. The event also includes a half day guided tour of local sites and monuments relevant to the reign of King Brian.
According to Professor David Ditchburn, Head of Trinity College’s Medieval Research Group, this event is unique and nothing like it has ever been organised in Ireland before.
As well as appealing to history students and members of local historical societies, this event will be fun and interesting for anyone who wants to know more about King Brian and Ireland in the 10th and 11th centuries.
Tourists and residents of Clare and Tipperary are being offered half price entry to the event and can email: [email protected] to find out more and to book their place. Prices include talks, tour, refreshments, lunches and, on Saturday 2 July, a delegate wine reception. Tickets are also on sale via the Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre.
TOBSS is reliant on founder funding and grants, but its plans would benefit from additional sponsorship and donations, which can be made in any amount, just by clicking the donate button on the TOBSS website. TOBSS Founder, Lady Cheryl O’Brien, comments: ‘The more TOBSS Trust Fund grows, the faster we can create greater synergy between all the institutions, societies, groups and individuals who contribute to Ireland’s understanding and celebration of its wealth of history and heritage – and the more exciting live events we can organise to make all that knowledge more accessible to the public.’
Professional historians and students can register online at The O Brien Summer School website where there is a wealth of additional information about TOBSS, the event and the full programme of presentations.
For more information and to register check out The O Brien Summer School site here
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