Donegal conference to discuss connections between Ireland, the US and the world

Over 100 speakers will attend the Transatlantic Connections event in Bundoran

 Homely approach to music making for The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls will be performing at The Transatlantic Connections event in Bundoran.

Over 100 speakers will attend a conference in Donegal next week which will discuss connections between Ireland, the US and the world.

The Transatlantic Connections event in Bundoran takes place from January 10th to 14th.

The theme for 2018 is Kindred Spirits and speakers will address the conference exploring this theme in a range of fields, from history and literature to politics, peace studies and popular culture.

Daytime events will be held at Eclipse Cinemas, Bundoran, and evening events take place at the Atlantic Apartotel. All events are open to the public, and free.

Each January, the event, which is supported by Donegal County Council, gathers academics, university students, artists, activists, local enthusiasts, journalists, and public audiences to discuss the connections between Ireland, the US and the world.

Keynote speakers include Choctaw Native Waylon Whitedeer, Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan, Journalist and activist Una – Minh Kavanagh, and Director of the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Professor Christine Kinealy. There will be lunchtime lectures by author Sonja Tiernan, poet Theo Dorgan and Gaelgoir Caoimhin deBarra.

Conradh Na Gaelige are presenting a panel on Irish Language and Culture, and The Irish Times Women’s Podcast team, chaired by Roisin Ingle, will do a live recording on ‘Kindred Spirits’ with guests Una – Minh, Sonja and Paula.

There will also be a panel  discussion entitled ‘Bundoran – the death and life of an Irish Coastal Town’, as researched by students of Architecture at Sligo Institution of Technology, under the stewardship of lecturer and Bundoran local, Emmet O’Doherty.

Guest speakers Professor Jonathan Golden and author/activist Onyeka Nwelue, who will host two panels on conflict, resolution and Peace Studies.

On ecology and sustainability, representatives from Hawaii, Texas and the Irish Surf zones will speak, and representing Native America Michelle Cooke and Kevin Swiney from the Glicrease Museum in Oklahoma will speak.

The 2018 Conference will also feature a program of poetry hosted by the Drew MFA in Poetry Program. Visiting American poets Alicia Ostriker, Michael Waters, Sean Nevin, Judith Vollmer, Ellen Dore Watson and Sarah Vap will be reading for the public at a special poetry evening event on Thursday, January 11th.

The conference also includes performances by The Henry Girls on Wednesday, January 10, Erdini on January 11, and Mirenda Rosenberg and her band on Friday, January 12.

Artists Kevin Lowery, Edel MacBride, and Local Hands will be exhibiting their work during the event, and there is a special ‘Meet the Maker’ panel on Thursday 11, where the artists will be available to meet and discuss their work.

This event is open to the public, and all talks and cultural events are free. A schedule of events, times, dates and place is on the website or you can email to reserve places at

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