‘Saving the notes of nationality’ Douglas Hyde Conference 2015

This year’s annual Douglas Hyde Conference takes place Thursday next, 16th July in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon.

The theme this year is ‘Saving the notes of nationality: A Celebration of the Protectors of Irish Heritage’. According to Michael O’Dea, conference chairperson ‘When Douglas Hyde spoke of the need to protect “the notes of nationality, our language and customs”, he recognised the need to preserve our past in order to secure our future. The last few decades have seen the emergence of a renewed sense of pride in our Irishness that may forever put Hyde’s fears to rest. With this conference we want to celebrate the people and organisations who are in the front line of the efforts to protect our heritage: the activists, curators, archaeologists, linguists, musicians, archivists, story-tellers, agus pobal labartha na Gaeilge that contribute to keep “the notes of nationality” alive.’

Douglas Hyde conference speakers at the national launch in Arás an Uachtaráin on 6 July

Douglas Hyde conference speakers at the national launch in Arás an Uachtaráin on 6 July

The programme covers topics as diverse as the Irish harp, the role of official propaganda from 1922-1949, holy wells and pilgrimage traditions, digitizing local heritage, Irish language promotion and community approaches to preserving local heritage. There will also be an overview of the WDC’s work in supporting the development of the Western Region’s cultural and creative sector.  Download the full programme Douglas-Hyde-Conference-2015-

The conference takes place:

When: 9.00-17.45, Thursday 16 July

Where: BMW Regional Assembly, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

Fee: €40, €20 student/seniors/unwaged, €10 individual lectures

To book your place or for further information contact Mary Mullins, Roscommon County Council 090 663 7321 mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

The Douglas Hyde Conference is organised by Roscommon County Council with support from the Western Development Commission.