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    ÉAN CONFERENCE 2007 part 2

    By admin | December 3, 2007

    Session 2: Strengthening ties

    Moderator: Pascal Mooney

    Patsy McGarry: “The Irish abroad and the media”

    Philip Orr: “The experience of Irish soldiers abroad”

    Noreen Bowden: “Political participation: An international perspective”
    See the accompanying Powerpoint presentation.

    Discussion time

    Paula Lally “The emigration of people at risk”
    See the accompanying Powerpoint presentation.

    About our speakers:

    Patsy McGarry has been the religious affairs correspondent with the Irish Times since March 1997. He has been with the paper since 1994; A graduate of NUI, Galway, the Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon native worked until 1987 with the pirate radio station Sunshine Radio in Portmarnock, Dublin. He then went on to freelance with Magill Magazine, RTE and the Irish Press group; he set up the newsroom at the first independent radio station in Ireland, Capital Radio (now FM104). Just prior to joining the Irish Times, he worked with the Irish Press Group and then Independent Newspapers.

    Philip Orr is a freelance writer, researcher, and former theatre studies teacher. He is currently working on a project for the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Belfast on deprivation in Loyalist working-class communities. He has written about several topics but has a particular interest in the Great War in Irish history; his publications on that topic include, “The Road to the Somme?, Blackstaff Press, 1987 (due to be reissued next year) and “Field of Bones?, Lilliput Press, 2006, which tells the story of the 10th Irish division at Gallipoli.

    Noreen Bowden has been the Director of Ean since 2006. Prior to joining Éan, she spent six years at Irish Emigrant Publications in Galway, where she was General Manager. Noreen has an MA in Irish Literature and Culture from Boston College, where her research focused on emigrant literature. Noreen became involved in migrant issues while spending six years volunteering for the Irish Immigration Center in Boston.

    Paula Lally is an information worker with Crosscare Migrant Project; she joined what was then Emigrant Advice in July 2005. Specialising in emigration and return migration, she wrote the books “Going to the USA?, “Going to the UK?, “Going to Australia?, “Going to Canada?. Each was subtitled “A practical guide to emigrating?; they were published in November 2007.

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