Getting the country sorted in Glenties

Glenties this week became the focus of the state of the nation at the 31st MacGill summer school as leading politicians, economists, bankers and broadcasters aired their views.


British Ambassador to Ireland Julian King delivered the opening address under this year’s theme “Transforming Ireland 2011-2016: The First Hundred Days, The Next Five Years”.


Mr King was the first British Ambassador to speak at the event since the 1980s and expressed his delight to be back in Donegal.

In his opening address Mr King referred to the historic visit to Ireland by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which symbolised the remarkable transformation in relations between Ireland and Britain.

The MacGill Summer School was founded in 1981 to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill, whose books in the first decades of the twentieth century on the social conditions in Donegal, the plight of migrant workers in Britain and the horrors of the Great War in which he fought as a soldier of the London Irish Rifles, are still being published.


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