This year’s James Fintan Lalor School, organised by Laois Heritage Society, takes place at the Midlands Park Hotel Portlaoise, on Saturday 18th November.
Speakers include Diarmaid Ferriter, Jane Maxwell, Seamus Hosey, Claire O’Brien, David Norris, Patricia King, Kevin Myers, Marie Louise O’Donnell and Muiris O’ Suilleabhain.
Following the official opening of this year’s school by Charlie Flanagan, TD Minister for Justice and Equality, the day will include Panel Discussions on topics such as “Brexit: Our Identity, Our Future”, and “Ireland Today”, with an individual soapbox style presentations from Jane Maxwell and Kevin Myers.
Musical entertainment will be provided by members of Portlaoise and Mountmellick Comhaltas.
Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the day. When formal procedures are over a showing of the play “From the sod to the sky” by Mike Finn will be introduced by MC Kathleen Culliton.
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The school is supported by Laois County Council through the Creative Ireland programme.