Rethinking Ireland

There’s an intriguing event taking place in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17, and it’s being live-streamed around the world.

Trailblaze: We need to talk about Ireland

“We Need To Talk About Ireland” is billed as a “90 minute creative celebration of Ireland’s past, present and future,” exploring “what it means to be Irish in 2014.” The event — which sounds like a TED-type mix of performance and talks — is organized by Trailblazery, a collective who create community events designed to spur debate and create change. “We Need to Talk About Ireland” will take place in front of a live audience in The Round Room at Dublin’s historically significant Mansion House. 

The speakers and performers include Colm O’ Gorman (Director of Amnesty International Ireland), Martin Hayes (Traditional Musician), Noeline Kavanagh (Artistic Director of Macnas), Justine McCarthy (Journalist and Author), Eleanor Tiernan (Comedian), Ruairí McKiernan (Social Justice Campaigner), Grace Dyas (Theatre Maker), Dylan Haskins (Broadcaster and DIY Activist), Bryan Delaney (Playwright and Screenwriter), Patrick McCormack (Rural Philosopher), Nina Hynes (Singer/ Musician), and many others.

Proceedings will be broadcast internationally on RTÉ Player (which, as an emigrant, really is one of my favorite things) and via The Washington Post website from 21:00 GMT. People are invited to get the discussion started before then on Twitter using the hashtag #IrelandTalks.

I’ll make a point of tuning in, and will be hopeful that the event works as  something of a catalyst to drive discussion of new directions and ideas for post-boom Ireland.


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  1. Lois Farley Shuford’s avatar

    Thanks for the heads up on this – sounds very interesting. I use RTE player all the time.

  2. Red Hen’s avatar

    I hope I remember to catch that on RTE player. Sounds like it might be very interesting indeed.

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