Trailblaze – We Need to talk about Ireland – March 17th


Looking for a good option for St. Patrick’s day that will avoid the madness on the streets of Dublin? This looks pretty good to me, as those wonderful Trailblazery people will be up to their old tricks again. This is a discussion about Ireland from a number of fascinating individuals such as Colm O’ Gorman (Director Amnesty International Ireland), Martin Hayes (Traditional Musician)and Noeline Kavanagh (Artistic Director Macnas) among others, full list below.

You can check out the full events on the RTE Player and on the Washington Posts website.

The Trailblazery Present We Need to Talk About Ireland – Live on RTÉ Player & The Washington Post Available Internationally 21:00 GMT St. Patrick’s Day, Monday 17th March 2014.

RTÉ today announced that it is to broadcast We Need To Talk About Ireland, a 90 minute creative celebration of Ireland’s past, present and future on St Patrick’s Night, Monday 17 March 2014, online internationally on the RTÉ Player. The event is the brainchild of independent Irish collective, The Trailblazery and will take place in front of a live audience from The Round Room, Mansion House.

This innovative cultural event challenges some of Ireland’s brightest innovators, thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to explore what it means to be Irish in 2014. Featuring inspiring TED- style talks, interspersed with music, comedy, poetry, film and a large-scale choral spectacle, We Need To Talk About Ireland is produced by The Trailblazery in association with RTÉ Arts and will be streamed internationally on RTÉ Player http://www.rte.ie/player from 9pm.

Participants include:

Colm O’ Gorman (Director Amnesty International Ireland), Martin Hayes (Traditional Musician), Noeline Kavanagh (Artistic Director Macnas), Justine McCarthy (Journalist, Author) Manchán Magan (Author, Broadcaster), Eleanor Tiernan (Comedian), Ruairí McKiernan (Presidential appointee to Ireland’s Council of State, Hitching For Hope), Grace Dyas (Theatre Maker / THEATREclub), Dylan Haskins (Broadcaster, DIY Activist), Bryan Delaney (Playwright, Screenwriter), Pat Collins (Filmmaker), Patrick McCormack (Rural Philosopher) Crash Ensemble, Nina Hynes (Singer/ Musician) Iarla O’ Lionáird (Singer/ Musician), Daithí O’Drónai (Musician/ Loopstation Tweaker) St. Brigid’s Children’s Choir (NS Cabinteely), The Discovery Gospel Choir with other special guests to be announced.

Over the 90 minutes of the event, the speakers and performers will tell the story of Ireland, from our ancient past to our potential future. The vision of the project is to evoke a new cultural storyline about our social, political, cultural and spiritual evolution on this island and beyond, and aims to re- imagine the kind of Ireland we want to fully participate in. As well as being streamed internationally and available on demand for 21 days on the RTÉ Player www.rte.ie/player, We Need to Talk About Ireland will also be streamed on The Washington Post www.washingtonpost.com.

Categories: Festivals, Talks

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