Defining IRELAND’S EDGE creates a blueprint for how we will create our place and pay our way in this changing world. Investing in Ireland’s Edge will enable us to build a stable, sustainable, engaged and civic society that values the intersection of culture, citizenship and economy.

How then can a strong and dynamic Irish culture and art give us an EDGE? How can our creative capital be better recognised and developed? How can a diverse and diffuse community of artists and creatives engage, and be engaged, at a time when creativity, imagination, empathy and design are becoming more central to shaping and driving growth, and building and nurturing healthy, resilient organisations, regions and society? How can the expression of creativity, along the spectrum of pure to applied, flourish here? What is the role of place and livelihood? How does the innovative force of the arts parallel and engage with fellow imagineers and creators in the sciences and humanities? How should a STEAM agenda here carry a distinct accent informed by Irish Art? How can this benefit the development of the broader workplace? Can we make better sense and use of the shared cultural reservoir that binds and inspires us as Irish people? How is this impacted by the 21st century experience of emigration and immigration, by changing drivers of cultural identity for the Irish, the established and establishing, on this island and overseas?

Skellig Hotel, Dingle

Friday / Dec 01

09:30 AM – 09:40 AM


Muireann Kelliher
Muireann is a co-founder of Ireland’s Edge and has been heavily involved in providing strategic counsel and support to Other Voices for several years. She is the Chief Development Officer at Glen Dimplex where she is responsible for Strategy, Innovation & Design, Digital and Strategic Marketing across the group.

09:40 AM – 10:20 AM

Managing The Machines

Professor Genevieve Bell
Anthropologist, technologist and futurist. Professor and Director of the 3A Institute at the Australian National University. Former lecturer in Anthropology and Native American Studies at Stanford University. Senior Fellow at Intel.

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM

Dr. Nora Ní Loideain In Conversation With Professor Genevieve Bell

Dr. Nora Ní Loideain
Director and Lecturer at the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). Affiliated Lecturer at the Cambridge Faculty of Law.

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

Performance & Chat; Life On The Edge

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Performs And Chats With Philip King

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
An award-winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry. Most recently, she has also turned her attention to a collaborative Irish language electronic music project entitled Aeons.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM


11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

The Farthest…Frontiers

Emer Reynolds
Emmy nominated multi-award winning documentary director and feature film editor.

Emmet Connolly
Digital product designer, leading the Product Design team at Intercom.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Livelihood And The Artist; A Perspective For The New World Of Work

Frances Coppola
Author of the Coppola Comment finance & economics blog, which is a regular feature on the Financial Times's Alphaville blog and has been quoted in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian.

12:45 PM – 13:00 PM

Frances Coppola In Conversation With Julian Coman

Julian Coman
Julian Coman is the associate editor of the Observer and was previously Home News Editor at The Independent and Washington Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph.

13:00 PM – 14:00 PM


Sponsored by IDA Ireland

14:00 PM – 15:00 PM

Neural Exchange (Leaf Covered Figure 2017)

John Gerrard
Celebrated Irish Artist John Gerrard developed Neural Exchange in dialogue with Brian Mulford of Google alongside Bryan Catanzaro of NVIDIA & John Suh of Hyundai. The Lab is part of the The Hyundai Project; Art + Technology at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), a joint initiative exploring the convergence of art and technology.

15:00 PM – 15:30 PM

A View From The Observer; Where Are We Now?

John Mulholland
Editor of The Observer. In July 2017 John took on interim leadership of Guardian US. He will return to continue his Observer editorship this Autumn.

Philip King
Director of the Other Voices Festivals and Co Founder of Ireland’s Edge. Film director, writer, musician and broadcaster.

15:30 PM – 16:00 PM


16:00 PM – 17:00 PM

Where To From Here; A Response

Martin Shanahan
CEO, IDA Ireland

Josh Walden
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group at Intel Corporation

Dr. Nora Ní Loideain
Lecturer in Law and Director of the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).

Ciarán Ó Gaora
Founder Zero G, a brand strategy and design agency; optimists who believe there is always the possibility of making things better.

Muireann Kelliher
Co Founder Ireland’s Edge (Moderator)

17:00 PM – 17:30 PM

Experiments In Arts And Technology

Domhnaill Hernon
Head of Innovation Incubation and Site Lead for Research Impact at Nokia Bell Labs.

Julie Byrne
Executive Director of Nokia Bell Labs Ireland.

Philip King
Co Founder Ireland’s Edge.

Saturday / Dec 02

10:15 AM – 10:30 PM


Minister of State Ciarán Cannon T.D.
Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Ireland A Migration Nation

Dr. Christopher Kissane
Historian journalist and writer on migration. A former lecturer in EconomicHistory at London School of Economics & Political Science. BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker.

Piarás Mac Éinrí
Lecturer in Geography and European Studies at the Department of Geography in University College Cork. Former Director the inter-disciplinary Irish Centre for Migration Studies.

Sr. Lena Deevy
Former Executive Director of the Irish International Immigrant Center Boston. Now working with migrant communities in Ireland.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

'Out': Emigration

Angie Gough
Founder of arts advocacy initiative #KickUpTheArts and #Artskickers Awards, which rewards individuals and organisations in East London who excel in impacting the lives of people through the arts.

Elizabeth Reapy
Writer and winner of Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and The Rooney Prize for Irish Fiction in 2017, for debut novel Red Dirt.

Maurice O'Brien
Maurice O’Brien is a documentary filmmaker who has made dozens of arts, current affairs and history films for the BBC. His recent film ‘Pitching Up’ about Ballyhaunis, the most multicultural town in Ireland, is in the top three most viewed Guardian Documentaries.

Dr. Christopher Kissane

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM


12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

'In': Immigration

Zainab Boladale
Zainab Boladale from Ennis, Co. Clare has become the newest presenter on news2day, RTÉ’s news service for a young audience, and the first RTÉ news anchor of Afro-Irish heritage.

Marcin Piotrowksi
Marcin Piotrowski — sociologist, socio-cultural animator, and journalist behind the New faces of Ireland show at Radio Corca Baiscinn. Co-founder of Folkowisko Association (Poland) and Polish Irish Association (Ireland).

Dr. Christopher Kissane

12:45 PM – 13:30 PM

Irish Music And Culture In America: From The Appalachian Mountains To New York City

Mick Moloney
Folklorist, musicologist, arts presenter and advocate, professional musician, and professor of music and Irish studies at NYU.

In conversation with
Philip King

Performance: Mick Moloney And Michelle Mulcahy

Michelle Mulcahy
Michelle Mulcahy is one of Ireland’s most talented and gifted multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. She is considered to be one of Ireland’s most adroit and creative harpers.

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