Dr Mary McAleese to speak at UNSW

26 Aug 2014

The Global Irish Studies Centre will welcome former President of Ireland Mary McAleese back to Australia more than a decade after she stood in the Opera House to announce the campaign to establish a Chair in Irish Studies at UNSW.

In 2010, Professor Rónán McDonald was appointed as the inaugural Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies.

Dr McAleese will reflect on contemporary Irish society, the peace process and the Irish diaspora, as well as her distinguished career and life post-presidency in conversation with Professor McDonald on Wednesday, 10 September.

Professor McDonald said Mary McAleese’s two-term presidency of Ireland from 1997-2011 was developed on a theme of 'building bridges’.

“Mary McAleese put peace and reconciliation at the heart of her presidency, winning the respect and affection of all communities in Ireland,” said Professor McDonald. “She helped develop a new era in Anglo-Irish relationship, hosting the first ever visit of Queen Elizabeth to the Republic of Ireland and led the country during a period of rapid political and economic transformation.”

Dr Mary McAleese in conversation with Professor Rónán McDonald

Hosted by: The Global Irish Studies Centre, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Australia

Date /time: 10 September 2014 6.00 – 8.30 pm

Venue: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus

RSVP: William Balfour | Email: fassevents@unsw.edu.au | Tel: 02 9385 8512

Media contact: Fran Strachan, UNSW media Office | Email: fran.strachan@unsw.edu.au | Tel: 02 9385 8732 / 0429 416 070

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The Australian Ireland Fund Black Tie Dinner with Guest of Honour, Dr Mary McAleese

A special mention to our friends at the Australian Ireland Fund. The Australian Ireland Fund are hosting this unique dinner event to raise funds for the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies at UNSW. 

Hosted by: The Australian Ireland Fund

Date /time: 9 September 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: The Star, Pyrmont, Sydney

Contact: Melissa Fisher | Email: mfisher@irlfunds.org | Tel: 02 9357 2350

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Other events planned around Dr McAleese’s visit to Sydney:-

The Second Rosemary Goldie Lecture

Dr Mary McAleese interviewed by Andrew West, the Religion and Ethics Report compere on ABC Radio National. The interview will be followed by an open forum.

Hosted by: Catalyst for Renewal and the Aquinas Academy

Date /time: 7 September 2014 2.00 - 4.00pm

Venue: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Bookings: $20 per head through Trybooking website | Tel: 02 9990 7003

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