A rich ros­ter for Easter Mon­day

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If you can’t find a topic of in­ter­est in Mon­day’s Cru­in­niú na Cásca ros­ter of talks and events, you might need to check you have a heart or in­deed a pulse.

Build­ing on last year’s spec­tac­u­lar Easter Ris­ing com­mem­o­ra­tions, Creative Ire­land and RTÉ are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a huge range of free pub­lic events, in­clud­ing more than 50 talks in Dublin alone, spread across St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Cas­tle, Smith­field Square and Cus­tom House Quay from 11am to 6pm. A fur­ther 31 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are host­ing events out­side of the cap­i­tal too. Think of it as a one-day live open univer­sity on top­ics from arts and cul­ture to cre­ativ­ity and so­cial in­clu­sion.

Where to start? At the Uni­tar­ian Church on St Stephen’s Green, Declan Hughes will be talk­ing to au­thors An­drea Carter, An­thony Quinn and Cather­ine Ryan about writ­ing crime fic­tion set in ru­ral Ire­land. Sor­cha Pol­lack will be talk­ing to Razan Ibra­heem, Debbie Beirne and Maisa al-Hariri about Syr­ian ex­pe­ri­ence in Ire­land in the Shel­bourne Ho­tel.

And Una Mul­lally will be talk­ing to Bro­den Gi­ambrone, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Trans­gen­der Equal­ity Net­work Ire­land, Dar­ren Collins, who is a mem­ber of Trav­eller com­mu­nity, and Aoife Fitzgib­bon O’Riordan, a founder of Bi-Ire­land about LGBTQIA vis­i­bil­ity.

In Iveagh House, Eithne Shorthall will be in­ter­view­ing au­thor Donal Ryan. Eoghan McDermott, Mark O’Hal­lo­ran, Pa­trick Freyne and Bashir Otukoya will be dis­cussing what is means to be a man in Ire­land to­day and how we ex­press and as­sess mas­culin­ity. And Colm O’Re­gan, Ali­son Spit­tle, Emma Do­ran and John Col­leary will be of­fer­ing so­lu­tions to Ir­ish life through the medium of stand-up.


The Na­tional Li­brary will be un­earthing gems from its Ir­ish Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Ar­chives, with a par­tic­u­lar look at the work of Leo Row­some. An New­man Univer­sity Church will be host­ing four con­ver­sa­tions as part of The Trail­blaz­ery un­der the head­ing Path­ways to Free­dom. It fea­tures Sunny Ja­cobs (ac­tivist and Death Row ex­oneree), so­cial cam­paigner Ruairí McKiernan and Raoul Martinez (philoso­pher, artist and film­maker). A com­pan­ion event also takes place on Mon­day at Kil­main­ham Gaol.

At the Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Sinéad Glee­son will present a se­ries of dis­cus­sions on Women in Ir­ish So­ci­ety, with guests in­clud­ing Lenny Abra­ham­son, Lynne Ruane, Sinead Burke and Una Minh Ka­vanagh. Catriona Crowe has cu­rated a history of Ir­ish pop­u­lar cul­ture, with talks on: the history of the Supreme Court; or­di­nary and ex­tra­or­di­nary women in Ir­ish history; Heffo’s Army and Dublin GAA; and con­tro­ver­sial Garda Com­mis­sion­ers of the past.

And in the spirit of self-pro­mo­tion, I’ll be host­ing a Cre­ativ­ity in Con­fine­ment dis­cus­sion at City Hall at 1.30pm, about how to cre­ate art in con­fine­ment within the Ir­ish prison sys­tem and di­rect pro­vi­sion. I’ll be talk­ing to mu­si­cian and play­wright Gary Cun­ning­ham, who is a former pris­oner; Bernie Master­son, arts teacher at the train­ing unit in Moun­tjoy Prison; and Vukasin Nedeljkovic, a vis­ual artist and re­searcher and the cre­ator of the Asy­lum Ar­chive.

For full de­tails on talks, and to find out what’s on around the coun­try, see rte.ie/cru­in­niu. All events are free, but talks, film-screen­ings, autism-friendly work­shops and cod­ing work­shops should be pre-booked to se­cure a place.

RTÉ will also broad­cast live from Cru­in­niú na Cásca events in Dublin through­out the day across RTÉ Ra­dio 1, RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, with reg­u­lar up­dates on tele­vi­sion and on­line. And you can search for #cru­in­ni­uon Twit­ter for up­dates.

Pho­to­graph Nick Brad­shaw

Cindy Wang and friends at the launch of Cru­in­niú Na Cásca 2017.

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