Contributors Announced for Ireland’s Edge Ballina – Awakening Creativity

Creative strand of the Other Voices festival promises to delight

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Ireland’s Edge is delighted to announce its return to Ballina Co. Mayo on Saturday, February 29, 2020 under the title Awakening Creativity. Ireland’s Edge Ballina will take place in the gorgeous surroundings of the Jackie Clarke Collection on Pearse Street, from 10.30am to 4pm.


IRELAND’S EDGE is a multidisciplinary creative event series that makes up a distinct strand of the Other Voices festival of music and ideas.

The discussions will bring together a compelling range of voices spanning diverse disciplines, sectors and industries to discuss Ireland; where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we want to go. Activists, entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, writers and artists consider some of the existential questions facing Ireland in this time of mass disruption, innovation and change.

The talks will explore emerging perspectives on culture, community and society. What are the forces that drive change and development in the interests of local communities? We hear from many of those engaged with these issues in their own communities and families. We hear how ideas of home and identity converge and how creative economies can thrive in peripheral locations.

These themes are particularly current given the ongoing conversations around the benefit that cultural industries bring to communities, the extent to which we value creativity and those who bring a fresh cultural perspectives to Ireland and the importance of grassroots activism in instigating change, culture and policy.

As always there will be music and song for the head and heart on the day.


Tickets and registration

There are limited tickets available for this event, priced at €10, so immediate registration is advised. 

Register now for Ireland’s Edge Ballina 2020

Ireland’s Edge Ballina is presented in partnership with Intel Ireland, and kindly supported by Mayo County Council, Creative Ireland and Hollister ULC.


Contributors to Ireland’s Edge Ballina: 

Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Historian and Broadcaster

Saoirse McHugh, Environmentalist

Dr Patrick Collins, Lecturer in Economic Geography

Farah Elle, Singer Songwriter

Nigel O’Reilly, Master Goldsmith

Dr Rhetta Moran, RAPAR Chair of Trustees (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research)

Orla Hughes, Commercial Manager, Portwest

Ola Mustapha, Social Inclusion and Supports to Asylum Seekers, Mayo.

Piarás MacEinri, Lecturer in Geography and European Studies, UCC

Tracey Keogh, Founder, Grow Remote

Professor Laoise McNamara, IRC Researcher of the Year. NUIG

Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Concertinist and Dancer

 Download Ireland's Edge Ballina Speaker Bios

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