Migration Nation

Event Date
Dec 1
The Dingle Skellig Hotel
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Migration Nation

Ireland needs a place and a platform where it can look into its soul, examine how we are presenting ourselves globally and at the same time see the talent and creativity that is in this country. Ireland’s Edge 2017- Migration Nation brings these together in one place at one time.  

Taking place at the most westerly tip of Europe, in Dingle, Co Kerry Ireland’s Edge 2017- Migration Nation will bring together high-level influencers and thinkers from a range of sectors including members of the diaspora community, FDI companies, artists, academics, commentators and policy makers.

The two day conference will provide a platform for debate, discussion and ideas, exploring the role of the Irish diaspora, what it means to be Irish abroad, and how we might harness this immense resource, a collective knowledge and experience that is widely dispersed throughout the world.

Ireland’s Edge 2017- Migration Nation will explore Ireland’s relationship with its diaspora through the lenses of culture and creativity, and in the context of a rapidly changing political and societal world climate.

Places will be limited at the Conference so please register early to avoid disappointment


Emer Reynolds
Film editor and Emmy award winning documentary director of ‘The Farthest' - NASA's twin Vogager space mission.

Dr. 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.  

John Gerrard
Celebrated Irish artist best known for his large-scale works that take the form of real-time computer simulations.

Frances Coppola
Author of the Coppola Comment finance & economics blog.  Contributor to Forbes and the BBC. Quoted in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian.

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

Maurice O'Brien
Irish documentary director and producer. Most recently known his viral documentary, Pitching Up,  published by the Guardian.

Elizabeth Reapy

Writer.  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.

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

Mick Moloney
Mick Moloney is the author of “Far From the Shamrock Shore: The story of Irish American History Through Song”. Teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program.

Ciaran Cannon, TD
Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development.

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.

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

Martin Shanahan
CEO IDA Ireland

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

Emmet Connolly
Director of Product Design at Intercom

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

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

Angie Gough

Founder of the East London Artskickers Awards, which celebrate the unsung heroes of East London’s art scene

Michelle Mulcahy
Musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist. A master of the harp, fiddle, concertina, piano and accordion.

Zainab Boladale

Journalist and Co-Presenter of RTÉ’s news2day. Zainab is the first Nigerian woman to work in the RTÉ newsroom.

Marcin Piotrowski

Broadcaster, Sociologist and the 2016 Polish Person of the Year for his work in building bridges between Polish and Irish communities.

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