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L’Arbre de la Liberté Conference GMIT

April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017

A two day Conference exploring the origins of Republicanism:

How a relationship between Ireland and France was forged.

Mayo County Council & the Environment, Culture, Heritage, Language Working Group of The Mayo Local Community Development Committee are hosting a Conference in conjunction with Mayo Day celebrations 2017. The event will be held at GMIT, Castlebar entitled The Liberty Tree – L’Arbre de la Liberté. The Conference will also include a guided tour of Moore Hall, home of John Moore, first President of the Republic of Connaught. Admission to this event is free of charge.


GMIT Castlebar Campus Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April 2017


Friday 28th April 2017


Saturday 29th April 2017
6.30pm Welcome reception



11.00am Opening of day two by the French Ambassador Mr. Jean-Pierre Thébault
7.00pm Welcome to Mayo Day Opening Ceremonies and launch of L’Arbre de La Liberté Conference 2017 11.30am Dr Sylvie Kleinman, M..Phil., Ph.D.

Invading, Liberating, Narrating?: Humbert’s 1798 campaign and ‘new history’ perspectives for the decade of commemorations”




Terry Moylan

“Plant, Plant the Tree – The Genesis of a Tradition”.


12.15pm Mathieu Ferradou

“The Common Origins of French and Irish Republicanism”

9.00pm Fergus Whelan

“The Hidden Origins of Irish Republicanism”


1.00pm Dr. Fiona White

“John Moore of Moore Hall, Reluctant Patriot”


9.30pm French Evening with music and refreshments 1.45pm Lunch
3.00pm Bus tour to French Hill and Moore Hall

“Remembering   the French fallen” at French Hill, Castlebar followed by guided tour of Moore Hall and walled garden. This will include a lecture by Prof. Adrian Fraizer and Tree Planting Ceremony.

7.00pm Closing reception and concert by ‘Companach’ at Breaffy House Hotel


For further information and bookings for this free event please contact Margaret Burke at Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Foxford, Co. Mayo on (094) 9256745 or (087) 6506708. Email: margaretburke@mnelp.com

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April 28, 2017
April 29, 2017


Mayo County Council
094 90 24444


GMIT Mayo Campus
Westport Road
Castlebar, Mayo F23 X853 Ireland
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094 902 5700

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