Ireland’s Edge – the Creative Space: Sat September 29, 2018

A Day of Discussion, Debate and Performance running alongside Other Voices Ballina

Ireland's Edge at Other Voices Ballina

Ballina-born scientist-astronaut candidate Dr. Norah PattenProfessor John Naughton, University of Cambridge’s CRASSH (the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) Senior Research Fellow; Eamonn Sinnott, VP and GM of Intel Ireland; world renowned Westport harper Laoise Kelly; Editor of The Journal of Music, Toner Quinn, and Director of Design and Innovation at Hub Control and President Emeritus at Institute of Designers in Ireland, Kim Mackenzie-Doyle are just a handful of the speakers and performers confirmed for Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space.

The day of discussion, debate and performance, running alongside the inaugural Other Voices Ballina, takes place on Saturday September 29th, 2018 from 11am to 5pm, in the Jackie Clarke Collection on Pearse Street  with moderators Philip King, Muireann Kelliher and Dermot McLaughlin.

Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space is presented in partnership with Intel Ireland and Hollister ULC.

Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space will explore how places on the edge – like Ballina and Dingle – can develop and thrive into the future, as part of a world in flux, with exponential changes in technology, geopolitics, economic, social and business models and profound shifts in demographics and regional imbalances. How do we create communities that are sustainable, engaged and stable, where culture and creativity are highly valued?

Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space will also look at how creativity, imagination and empathy are becoming more central in shaping our world, driving growth and nurturing healthy, resilient companies, organisations, regions and societies. Innovators in arts and culture will meet with fellow creators and thinkers in technology and industry to discuss the importance of collaboration and diversity and explore ways in which we might best work together to create global opportunities for Ireland and particularly for regions geographically located on the edge.

Speakers and Performers

Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott, a member of the Ireland’s Edge team from the outset, and a consistent advocate of STEAM (the inclusion of arts alongside science, technology, engineering and mathematics), will present the keynote address at Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space, addressing the importance of creativity in technology.

Ballina’s very own Scientist – Astronaut candidate Dr. Norah Patten will speak about the conditions which must be put in place for creativity to flourish.

Patten’s focus will be on the value of introducing young people to science, technology, art and the natural world from an early age and the importance of wider cultural engagement in places on the edge, like her hometown of Ballina, and how her community helped to shape and influence her life choices.  


Internet historian and Senior Research Fellow at CRASSH at the University of Cambridge Professor John Naughton, in conversation with Muireann Kelliher, Chief Development Officer at Glen Dimplex and co-founder of Ireland’s Edge, will explore the impact of technology on society.

The discussion will highlight how our understanding of and response to the opportunities and challenges it presents, can be framed against the lessons from previous waves of technology adoption.

The talk will also look at the birth and evolution of the latest technological advancements. 


Laoise Kelly, world renowned harper, has toured the world with her music, and worked with the greatest songwriters and musicians of our time, from Christy Moore to Kate Bush.

Laoise will perform an intimate set of songs, an unmissable opportunity to experience the creative musicianship of one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting artists.


Philip King, musician, writer, filmmaker, broadcaster and founder of Other Voices will chair a panel on Education and Learning featuring Dr. Sean Rowland, Founder and President of Hibernia College, Dublin, Professor John O’Halloran, Deputy President and Registrar at University College Cork and Mary Lucey, Principal of Kerry College of Further Education in Tralee. The group will explore the impact that online and blended learning will have on the educational landscape of the future. The panel will look at the opportunities that the digital age has and can afford to the development of education, taking it out of the classroom and into home and work places. They will also look at Ireland’s ability to deliver third level education streams, dependant on the provision of a comprehensive national broadband network.


Musician, and arts and culture consultant Dermot McLaughlin will host a panel on Culture and the Community, with speakers Toner Quinn, Founder and Editor of the Journal of Music, Emer Mayock, acclaimed Traditional Musician, Composer and Traditional Arts Adviser to the Arts Council, along with more contributors to be announced. The panel will be determining how culture is the intangible infrastructure that underpins individual creativity and community wellbeing. The group will look at the modern challenges faced by musicians and artists working in the culture sector and how these challenges can be addressed and where opportunities can be created.


Muireann Kelliher will bring together some of Ireland’s most distinguished thinkers in design and innovation including Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, Head of Design and Innovation at Hub Controls and President Emeritus at Institute of Designers in Ireland, Enda O’Dowd, lecturer in Product Design at the National College of Art and Design  and Michael Murray, Innovation Manager at Hollister in Ballina, for a discussion on STEAM’D and the role of design in bringing users into the heart of innovation, from ‘traditional’ applications in product innovation, to a much broader adoption in developments of services and systems, in the private and public spheres.

Tickets and booking information for Ireland’s Edge

Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space takes place from 11am -5pm on Saturday September 29th, 2018 at the Jackie Clarke Collection buildings in Ballina, Co. Mayo as part of the Other Voices Ballina Music & Arts Festival. A limited number of tickets are available, priced €5 plus booking fee from www.eventbrite.ie.

Ireland’s Edge – The Creative Space is presented in partnership with Intel Ireland and Hollister ULC and is part of the annual Ireland’s Edge Culture & Creativity Conference, which takes place in Dingle, Kerry each December.

About Ireland’s Edge

Ireland’s Edge is a two-day culture and creativity conference which takes place in Dingle, Co. Kerry annually, with many complementary programmes running at venues across Ireland throughout the year. The most recent sold-out Ireland’s Edge event took place in June of this year at the Trinity Long Room Hub in Dublin, and featured data privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems as keynote speaker. Ireland’s Edge explores how we can position Ireland to thrive in the years ahead, by placing culture and creativity at the heart of innovation.

The discussions draw on the importance of ideas and creativity in society, culture, business, technology, science and innovation. By encouraging and enabling collaborations between arts, technology and enterprise, we create the opportunity to nurture a socially cohesive, inclusive and confident national community. This positions Ireland as a great place to do business from a global perspective. Ireland sits at the edge and this is our strength.

At the edge there are boundless opportunities to experiment, create and challenge.

Visit:  www.irelandsedge.net // Facebook @IrelandsEdgeHQ // Twitter @IrelandsEdge // #IrelandsEdge

Other Voices Ballina 2018 is made possible with the support and partnership of Mayo County Council, Mayo.ie, Ballina Chamber, Mayo North, Creative Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way, Coca Cola, Ballina Arts Centre, The Jackie Clarke Collection, Music Generation Mayo and Core Music Hub.  


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