Forthcoming Events

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(1) Resource Launch Event: Politics and Society - The role of education in creating social change: 17 May, 5pm, Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Debt and Development Coalition Ireland have developed a new teaching resource for Leaving Certificate Politics and Society. Join us for a wine reception to celebrate the resource launch. This will be followed by an interview with a student and teacher of Politics and Society about their experience of both teaching and learning the subject, and a panel discussion exploring the role of using education as a tool for social change. This event will be of interest to current and future teachers of Politics and Society, as well as those interested in development education, bringing active learning into the classroom and using education for social change. All attendees will receive a free copy of the resource. Speakers include Maureen O'Sullivan, TD, Senator Alice Mary Higgins, Fr. Sean McDonagh, Eco-Theologian and Key Thinker of Politics and Society course, Conor McCabe, Economist and Author. Register for free tickets

(2) Food for Thought/Lón Intinne: Conversations on Cultural Resilience: 18 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm, GMIT Castlebar, Westport Rd, Castlebar

Twenty years have passed since Richard Douthwaite and a small group of like-minded thinkers founded Feasta - the Foundation for the economics of Sustainability. Against the backdrop of Afri’s Famine Walk on 19 May, this innovative event is intended to explore today’s challenges both in Ireland and globally, in conversation and through culture using the Great Hunger and Richard’s legacy as backdrops, including solidarity with the global social justice movement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and food sovereignty. A strand in Irish exploring ecological parallels in culture and language will be facilitated by Teacht Aniar - (Beidh fáilte ar leith roimh chainteoirí na teanga agus leagan Gaeilge le fáil ó The event will be followed by a "Celebration of Cultural Resilience", at Blousers (Walshes) in Westport, with conversation, music and the spoken word, from 8pm - 11pm. Find out more and register.

(3) Afri Famine Walk 2018: 19 May, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

The 2018 Famine Walk will take place on Saturday 19 May in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Further details will be posted to the Afri website closer to the time. If you would like to receive a postal brochure (sent out one month in advance of the walk), please contact the Afri office: or 01 8827563. Find out more.

(4) The Global Citizen Award Ceremony: 19 May, 2pm - 4.30pm, The President's Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

The recipients of the Global Citizen Award 2018 have volunteered in a range of countries through Irish volunteer sending agencies. The ceremony aims to highlight the achievements and dedication of each awardee to raise awareness here in Ireland of global issues. The work of our partner volunteer sending agencies will also be showcased on the day. Initiated by EIL Intercultural Learning, the Global Citizen Award is co-funded by Irish Aid and supported by our 23 partner organisations. The award is recognised by Comhlámh and IDEA. The afternoon will honour the hard work of returned international volunteers who will be receiving their Bronze, Silver and Gold Global Citizen Award. Poet and writer Colm Keegan and member of renowned music group Kíla, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, will give an energetic performance during the ceremony. Éamonn Meehan, CEO of Trócaire, will give the keynote speech on the day. For queries, please contact; +353 (0)21 4551535. Find out more. Register.

(5) TIDI Africa Day 2018 Celebration: 24 May, 2pm - 4pm, Robert Emmet Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), with the support of African Ambassadors accredited to Ireland, invite you to our annual Africa Day Celebration event. Africa Day, which falls on 25 May, is the official day of the African Union. It marks African unity and celebrates African diversity. Africa Day also represents an important opportunity to raise awareness on the progress which is being achieved in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs and Agenda 2030), and the challenges that remain to ensure that no-one is left behind. The theme for this year’s TIDI Africa Day event is 'Africa-Ireland Relations: Current and Future' and we are honoured to have the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as the keynote speaker. To RSVP, please contact Linda on or register on Eventbrite.

(6) Public Talk - 'The coup in Brazil and Lula's imprisonment' by Rui Costa Pimenta, Party Chairman, Workers' Cause Party (PCO) of Brazil: 29 May, 6.30pm, Comhlámh, 12 Parliament St, Dublin 2

In light of the recent events in Brazil, the Workers' Cause Party is organising a series of lectures in some European countries to discuss with the Brazilian community and the local population the coup situation in Brazil, the meaning of Lula's imprisonment, the importance of fighting for their freedom and prospects of anti-coup struggle in the country. The debate will have an initial lecture of Rui Costa Pimenta, but it is open for interaction and audience participation. About the speaker: Rui Costa Pimenta is the founder and national president of the Workers' Cause Party (PCO), militant for 40 years, a journalist and actively participated in the working class upsurge that took place in Brazil at the end of the military dictatorship.

(7) #LASCWeds Talk - Documentary Screening 'Stories of Water': 30 May, 7pm, Comhlámh, 12 Parliament St, Dublin 2

Peru is a country with huge mineral deposits that has based its economic model primarily around the extraction of those minerals. As a result, it is home to some of the largest transnational mining companies in the world. Peru is also one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change, and has been suffering from an acute water crisis for years. Of the 31 million people living in Peru today, over 3 million lack access to safe water. This documentary produced by the environmental network Red Muqui brings to the fore the human stories at the centre of this fateful paradox. The film provides evidence of the extreme vulnerability of water sources and ecosystems in Peru, showing how the pollution produced by mining impacts not only on the environment but on the people who live in this ‘mining country’. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session.

(8) The Age of Activism - World Café: 9 June, 12pm - 1pm, Red Room, UCD Student Centre, UCD

On Saturday, 9 June, UCD Volunteers Overseas will host The Age of Activism - World Café event as part of the UCD Festival. We are inviting participants, change-makers and dreamers to take part in this interactive and stimulating World Café experience; to explore questions around what is significant about student activism and where does it take you? How have the language and tools of activism changed and where are they going? Facilitated by Comhlámh, The Age of Activism - World Café is an opportunity for participants to re-engage with issues and reconnect with people.There will be tea, coffee and pastries and all are welcome. Find out more. To secure a place at the table, please email

(9) AkiDwA Open Day - Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: 21 June, 10am - 3pm, Community Hall, Unit 2 Killarney Court, Upper Buckingham St, Dublin 1 (next to AkiDwA)

(10) Brain Gain Ireland: 12 July, 6pm - 9pm, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

The annual networking meeting for migrant entrepreneurs and professionals. This event shares, explores and highlights the 'gains' and contributions of migrant entrepreneurs and professionals in Ireland, to inspire other individuals to take up entrepreneurship. Contact Shamsun Nahar Chowdhury: