A roundup of this week's events in education

Lunchtime Lecture in the Hunt Museum

“Maps as a source for the Sieges of Limerick” is the title of today’s lecture at 1pm in the museum. The speaker is Liam Irwin of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Admission is free.

Employment Studies Lecture at TCD

“Education in Internationally Competitive Knowledge Economies” by Dirk van Damme, Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD, is the title of tomorrow’s lecture from 7pm to 9pm in the: Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, TCD. All welcome.

Open Days for Aspiring Jockeys

The Racing Academy and Centre of Education (Race) in Kildare is holding open days each Tuesday in May – today, 11th, 18th and 25th – starting at 2pm. Students, parents and guidance counsellors can find out more about the FÁS- sponsored trainee jockey course and racing groom traineeship programme. Candidates must be between 15 and 18 years of age and be under nine stone in weight for the trainee jockey course. Further information from or tel: 045-522468.

Open Evening for Adult Learners at NUI Galway

The adult and continuing education office at NUI Galway is hosting an information evening in the Orbsen Building on Thursday, May 6th from 6.30-8.30pm, showcasing more than 40 courses. For further details tel: 091-492062 or e-mail: adulteducation@ Full details at

Talks on Viruses at TCD

Viruses and the latest research in vaccine developments is the subject of a public debate and talk at Trinity College Dublin at 6pm on Thursday, May 6th in the Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, TCD. And world virus expert Prof John Oxford will speak on “Viral Infections: Past, Present and Future Challenges” at 6pm on Friday, May 7th, the Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, TCD. All are welcome and admission is free.

Recital for Piano Teachers

Epta Ireland (European Piano Teachers’ Association) presents a recital by Sam Law on Sunday, May 9th at 2pm in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row, Dublin 2.This will be followed by “Professionalism in Private Practice – an exploration of Issues arising in private teaching” with Dr David Mooney, DIT. Epta members free of charge, non-members welcome €15. Tel: 01 2893701 or e-mail:

Folklore Lecture

The Irish Folklore Commission, is hosting a lecture by Prof Henry Glassie at the National Library of Ireland on Tuesday, May 11th at 5.30pm. The title is “The Irish Folklore Commission: International Scholarship, National Significance, Local Virtue”. All welcome. Admission free. For details e-mail:

Free English Revision Podcasts

The English Department at St Columba’s College in Dublin is producing free weekly revision podcasts on King Lear leading up to the Leaving Certificate: listen at or under “SCC English” on iTunes.

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