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    GAA conference: Croke Park, Dublin – 25 April

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    The GAA in the Diaspora is one of the topics that will be discussed in an upcoming conference at Croke Park. The conference is part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the organisation, and is being co-hosted by the GAA Museum, Sports History Ireland and the Boston College-Dublin’s GAA Oral History Project.

    The conference will feature historians of society and sport from Ireland and overseas. In addition to the diaspora, they will discuss such topics as hurling’s ancient roots, the socio-economic background of players, the GAA in film and photography, the GAA and the Irish language, and the GAA and politics.

    The conference will be held at the GAA Museum in Croke Park. Tickets, which cost 15 euro (10 for students and seniors) are essential.

    For more information:

    Working Abroad Expo: Dublin, 21-22 March; Cork, 26-27 March

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    An event aimed at those considering relocating to work abroad in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and the UK will be held on 21-22 March in the RDS in Dublin and 26-27 March in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel.

    Organisers say the Working Abroad Expo will include immigration officials from Australia, New Zealand and Canada giving visa advice, relocation services, employers and recruitment consultants, and financial advisers. Information on volunteering abroad will also be available.

    For more information, see the Working Abroad Expo website.

    Related article: Destination anywhere

    Irish Theatrical Diaspora: NUI Galway, 17-18 April 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    “Irish Theatre: the Local and the Global” is the theme of the 2009 Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, which will be held on 17-18 April 2009 at NUI, Galway.

    The Irish Theatrical Diaspora develops and co-ordinates research on the production of Irish drama in its local, national and international contexts. The project defines “Irish drama” as all theatrical performances within the island of Ireland, and any theatrical performances outside the country involving Irish-born personnel or having substantial Irish content”.

    This is the sixth annual conference hosted by the ITD. The keynote address, “The Spaces of Irish Theatre”, will be delivered by Christopher Morash of NUI Maynooth.

    The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Registration is free but places are limited.

    See the timetable and registration information at the Irish Theatrical Diaspora website.

    “North by North West”: U of Ulster, 3-6 Sept 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    The Institute of Ulster Scots Studies has issued the following call for papers:

    North by North West:  An International Conference
    3rd -6th Sept 2009

    Description: We invite proposals for papers exploring themes that will examine the Maritime history of Ulster from 1599-2009 focusing in particular the Port of Derry/Londonderry as a ‘Gateway to the Atlantic’. The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies.

    The themes of the conference are Environmental & Archaeological history, Military & Port Fortifications of Loughs Foyle & Swilly, Merchants & Traders in 18th & 19th century Ulster & Scotland, Ulster & the Atlantic World, Shipbuilders & Shipping Lines, From Here to  Wherever, emigration from NorthWest Ulster.

    Paper proposals should indicate under which theme they wish to
    be considered. Conference proceedings will be published.

    Conference organisers
    : Sally Halliday M.Phil & Dr Billy Kelly

    Venue: University of Ulster, Magee Campus

    Contact: Sally Halliday at

    Tel: 02871375098

    Sally Halliday M.Phil
    Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
    Room MI021
    Aberfoyle House
    Northland Road
    BT48 9JL

    Submission date for papers: 18th May 2009

    “Migrating Minds”, University of Aberdeen, 14-15 May 2009

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    “Migrating Minds: Imagined Journeys – Imagined Homecomings” will be the topic of a conference hosted in May at the AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The conference will take place alongside the Aberdeen WORD Festival.

    Organisers say:

    Literature (both fiction and non-fiction), personal journals and correspondence, and art enable us to explore the impact that journeys and homecomings have had on Irish and Scottish imaginations. Irish and Scottish migrants, as well as those who sought to understand, interpret and exploit the experience of migration, participated in the production and circulation of these accounts and images both at home and abroad. As such, they form an important dimension to any understanding of the Irish and Scottish diasporas. With this in mind, we seek to investigate the idea of migration as a series of narratives and rhetorical tropes that develop over time.

    Selected proceedings will be published in the Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies.

    Related links:

    Global Irish Institute, UCD: 2008 Irish Diaspora Forum

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    UCD’s Global Irish Institute will host the 2008 Irish Diaspora Forum on 10 November. The event will build on last year’s US-Ireland Forum in New York, and is aimed at stimulating discussion on issues of significance to people in Ireland and the diaspora around the world.

    The discussion will focus on four themes:

    • New World Order? “Change” and the US administration
    • “After the Deluge” Ireland and the Global Economy
    • “Giving Back”- Can philanthropy shape the future?
    • Irish Culture- A Global Bridge?

    The principal sponsors of the event are Atlantic Philanthropies, Irish America magazine, and the Ireland Funds. Speakers will include Irish Voice publisher Niall O’Dowd, UCD president Hugh Brady, and American Ireland Chair Loretta Brennan-Glucksman. Addressing the US political issue will be journalist Conor O’Clery, Notre Dame Professor Bob Schmuhl, Irish-American Republicans co-chair Grant Lally, Former Congressman Bruce Morrison, and US Ambassador Thomas Foley.

    Those speaking on Irish culture will include RTE personality John Kelly, novelist Hugo Hamilton, UCD professor Declan Kiberd, Culture Ireland CEO Eugene Downes, and playwright Frank McGuinness.

    Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay, Atlantic Philanthropies CEO Gara LaMarche, Ireland Funds CEO Kingsley Aikens will discuss philanthropy and Labour Party Deputy Leader Joan Burton will discuss philanthropy.  Addressing the economic future will be Karl Whelan and Colm McCarthy, both of the UCD School of Economics; Hugo MacNeill of Goldman Sachs; writer and broadcaster David McWilliams; John Gilmore of Sling Media; Eamonn Walsh of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business; and Ian Hyland, the publisher of Business and Finance magazine.

    The event is open to the public and is free but registration is required.

    See the UCD website for more information.

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