The Liberator, who was born in Caherciveen and lived in Derrynane, championed Catholic Emancipation and Irish popular politics and is a key figure in Irish history.
This morning former Ceann Comhairle and TD John O’Donoghue delivered the opening address to this year’s summer school at the library in Caherciveen.
Following this there was a discussion on Kerry and the 1916 Rising involving authors, journalists, doctor, teachers, historians and academics.
Professor Rhona Richman Kenneally then spoke on “The Transformation of mid-Twentieth Century Rural Ireland’.
The centre piece of this year’s event will be a speech by former President of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese this afternoon.
This evening attention will turn to matters of sport at Con Keating GAA Park when seven-time All-Ireland winning footballer Jack O’Shea will speak.
The summer school programme continues until Sunday.