Irish identity: past, present and future
A Banter special for the St Patrick’s Day Festival on March 15
The question of Irish identity is one which seems particularly timely around about now, as the national holiday approaches and we prepare for a few years of centenary commemorations and celebrations. But what does it mean to be Irish in 2014? Does it even matter? Does our past identity inform our future one? Or should it? What about the new wave of Irish emigrants? This Banter event will delve into questions of Irishness and unearth where our collective identity is at – or at least start the conversation.
The panel: Sinead Gleeson (Irish Times/The Book Show), Denise Charlton (Immigrant Council of Ireland), Colm O’Gorman (author, activist, director Amnesty International Ireland and founder One In Four), Paddy Cullivan (The Camembert Quartet, Leviathan and Callan’s Kicks) This Banter will be chaired by my Irish Times’ colleague Una Mullally.
Thanks to Susanna Lagan at the St Patrick’s Day Festival for the invitation to take part.