The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Foundation aims to highlight the story of McGee’s life, and the relevance of his ideas to our own world. The annual summer school in his name has provided scope for discussion and debate on sensitive issues in Ireland, such as the Great Famine, Revolutionary Republicanism, Orangeism and Fenianism, and is but one vehicle fostering greater mutual understanding and cooperation between Ireland, Canada and Europe.
Canada’s reputation as an inclusive, accommodating democracy owes much to Thomas D’Arcy McGee. The Carlingford-born man was one of the greatest orators, journalists and politicians of his generation: colourful, controversial, vivacious and brilliant. He stood for an open, pluralistic society, characterized by generosity of spirit, in which different ethnic groups would strive to bring out the best in themselves and to focus on the positive features of the others.
He was, in many respects, a model for our own time. As Europe struggles with the impact of immigration, D’Arcy McGee’s core principle of “unity in diversity” is as relevant today as it was in the mid-19th century.
Thomas D’Arcy McGee is, without doubt, Carlingford’s most famous son. A rebel in 1848, he would become a liberal-conservative Father of Canadian Confederation in 1867; the following year, he was assassinated by a Fenian who believed that he had bet...
A journalist, politician, poet, historian and man of action, D'Arcy McGee was born in Carlingford, Co. Louth in 1825. Raised near Cushendall in County Antrim, and in Wexford Town, he was deeply influenced by Daniel O'Connell's campaign to repeal the...
Thomas D’Arcy McGee Foundation
The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Foundation was established in August, 2015. It aims to encourage greater cultural, academic and economic cooperation between Canada and Ireland, North and South. The Foundation, based in Carlingford in ...
In his poem 'Am I Remember'd' Thomas D'Arcy McGee wondered if his memory would live on.
Am I remember'd in Erin
I charge you, speak to me true -
Has my name a sound, a meaning
In the scenes my boyhood knew?
He is certainly remembered...
Summer School 2016 Early Alert!
Thomas D’Arcy McGee 5th Annual Summer School will be held in Carlingford Heritage Centre on Aug. 22nd and 23rd.
D’Arcy McGee, 1916 and Revolutionary Republicanism