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    Global Irish Institute, UCD: 2008 Irish Diaspora Forum

    By Noreen Bowden | November 4, 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.

    Topics: events | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Global Irish Institute, UCD: 2008 Irish Diaspora Forum”

    1. Jan Says:
      November 17th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

      See President’s speech.