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    Ean AGM and Seminar, 1 Dec 2007

    By Noreen Bowden | November 15, 2007

    All members and interested people are invited to attend Ean’s AGM and seminar on 1 December, 2007, at the Temple Bar Hotel in Dublin at 11:00.

    The seminar, which is titled “Focusing resources, strengthening links with the Irish abroad”, will include inputs on emigrant services, emigrants and the media, continuing emigration of people at risk, political participation, remembering soldiers who fought in wars abroad, and more. It will also include an update on the organisation’s work and reports on Éan’s projects in facilitating assisted holidays and a transition-year curriculum about emigration and the Diaspora.

    Former senator Pascal Mooney, known for his work as an emigrant advocate, will be one of the hosts of the day. Social researcher Brian Harvey will speak on “Value for Money and Policy Review of the Support for Emigrant Groups Programme?, the recent report from Goodbody Consultants, and its implications for those involved in serving emigrants around the world. Writer Philip Orr will discuss Irish soldiers, North and South, who served abroad. Irish Times journalist Patsy McGarry will discuss the role of the media in keeping Irish connected.

    The event will be recorded and downloadable from the organisation’s website, at www.ean.ie, by podcast. “Our aim is to make this an accessible, useful event for organizations around the world – and podcasting will facilitate this? says Ean chair Fr Alan Hilliard, who is also the Director of the Episcopal Commission for Emigrants. “We think it will be particularly useful for our member organizations around the world to get access to Brian Harvey’s analysis of the Goodbody Report on the Support for Emigrant Groups Programme, and we’re delighted that podcasting will make this possible?.

    Our theme reflects the fact that we’ve come so far – the Irish Government has given tremendous support to emigrants in recent years, for example – and with increased technology and new attitudes there are exciting opportunities for stronger links than ever before.

    Here is the schedule for the day:

    11 – 11:30 Registration

    11:30 – 12:15 Session 1 Introduction and work of Ean
    Introduction
    Overview of Ean work: Noreen Bowden
    Talk on assisted holiday project: Karen McHugh
    Alan Hilliard

    12:15 – 1:15 Session 2: Focusing resources
    Brian Harvey on Goodbody Report on service provision to emigrants

    1:15 – 2:00 Lunch

    2:00 – 3:50 Session 3: Strengthening ties
    Patsy McGarry on the media and the Irish abroad
    Philip Orr on the experience of Irish soldiers abroad
    Noreen Bowden on political participation
    Paula Lally on emigration of people at risk

    3:50 – 4:30: AGM business
    · Presentation of accounts
    · Nomination of board members

    4:30 Closing remarks and reception

    All are welcome to attend! For questions or to RSVP, contact Noreen at noreen@ean.ie, or 01 8779011.

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