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In partnership with the Liam Swords Foundation, Culture Ireland and the DFA

2022 Congress for Ireland

  • From Friday 4 March to Tuesday 28 June 2022
  • 7.30pm
  • €10 (€7 for students and unemployed)

reservation recommended

In English

Co-curated by CCI director, Nora Hickey M’Sichili, and researcher and Liam Swords Fellow, William Shortall, 2022 Congress for Ireland brings together outstanding contemporary thinkers and authorities in their field to speak of their aspirations for Ireland’s future, including Former President of Ireland and Chair of the Elders Mary Robinson, Oxford University’s new Professor of Composition Jennifer Walshe, and Irish activist Panti Bliss.

This series echoes the Irish Race Congress held in Paris in January 1922 which presented the grand narrative of Irish cultural achievement to a diasporic and international audience. Jack Yeats delivered his only public lecture on Irish Art, Douglas Hyde spoke on Irish language and W. B. Yeats spoke of Irish literature and theatre. All spoke about their hope and aspirations for the future with the emergence of the new State seeking for world recognition. A century later, today’s experts will address the issue of modern Ireland and its identity. The speeches will be released this autumn as a podcast series.

Friday 4 March: Address by former President of Ireland and Chair of the Elders Mary Robinson (climate change) – online launch at 7.30pm (6.30pm Irishtime)

Saturday 12 March: Addresses by Sean Binder, Panti Bliss, Catriona Crowe, Richard Kearney (social justice and human rights, history, philosophy and religion) - further details - reserve tickets here

Thursday 31 March: Addresses by Amanda Coogan, Jennifer Goff, Paul Rouse (art, design, sport) - reserve tickets here

Tuesday 28 June: Addresses by Emma Dabiri, Manchán Magan, Fintan O’Toole, Jennifer Walshe (identity, language, Europe, music) - reserve tickets here

At the same time as the 'Irish Race Congress' was held in January 1922, the new Irish State presented a major exhibition of Irish art in Paris which Trinity College Dublin has recreated in a wonderful 3D exhibition. You can enjoy this at