The MacGill Summer School has been in existence for thirty three years.
It was founded in 1981 in Glenties, Co. Donegal to celebrate the memory of local writer, Patrick MacGill. MacGill wrote in the early 20th 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. His books are still being published.
MacGill School’s Contribution
The principal contribution of the School has been in the area of public policy–ranging across economic policy, social policy and political and public service reform. The debates do not attempt to achieve consensus around stated positions but rather to stimulate interest in ideas and proposals and to provide a basis for action by leadership groups and individuals. The impact is not limited to participants in the School.