Major conferences to take place at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College

Champion of African literature, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, will be in MIC on Friday

Champion of African literature, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, will be in MIC on Friday

TWO major events, championing languages and dialogue about diversities in today’s society, are set to take place this Friday and Saturday at Mary Immaculate College.

On November 9, writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o will be in MIC to speak at the LÍON Limerick and Languages conference,  a major one-day international interdisciplinary bilingual event. 

On Saturday November 10, MIC will then host the  fourth annual SPHE network conference, with keynote speakers including writer and advocate Sinéad Burke and Professor of Equality at UCD Professor Kathleen Lynch. 

 “I am hopeful that major events like LÍON will provide fresh inspiration and impetus for discussing the role of language in forming identity,” Conradh na Gaeilge chief executive Julian de Spáinn said. 

Free and open to the public, LÍON is part of the official programme of events for Bliain na Gaeilge. Ngugi wa Thiong'o, currently a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, is one of the guest speakers at the event on Friday, which will bring together leading thinkers to discuss the journey of Conradh na Gaeilge from the Revival period to today’s multicultural and globalised Ireland.

As part of the conference this Friday, renowned historian Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaig of NUIG, is set to return to his native city to provide a personal perspective on Gaelic revivalism in Limerick circa 1930-1962. 

Cuan Ó Seireadáin, the curator of Conradh na Gaeilge, will discuss Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland and a founder of Conradh na Gaeilge and Professor Timothy G. McMahon of Marquette University will travel from the USA to speak about ‘The Meanings of Revival: The Many Streams of Conradh na Gaeilge.’ 

The SPHE Network conference on Saturday November 10 will aim to bring together academics, teachers, student teachers, postgraduate students, health professionals, policy-makers, NGOs and the wider education community, to engage in dialogue about diversities in today’s society with a particular focus on how it is interpreted and addressed within the SPHE curriculum.

Lecturer at MIC Dr Carol O’Sullivan said: “The SPHE Network conference will appeal to all with an interest in how the concept of diversities is evolving and expanding in current society.

The significance of the theme for ongoing reviews of the Irish curriculum, including aspects of SPHE, forms an important backdrop to the deliberations of the 2018 conference.”  

To book a place for Líon, November 9, visit To register for the SPHE Network conference, please visit

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