Programme of Events

Conference at IT Tallaght - Irish Catholicism on Trial - Oct 6th 2017

Friday, 6 October

Venue: Scholars Training Restaurant

Registration, Tea, coffee and scones from 8.50 a.m.
9h – 9h40 - Official opening

Ms Angela Feeney (Head of the School of Business and Humanities) will introduce Mr Thomas Stone (President of IT Tallaght), Dr Marc Daumas (French Embassy) and the conference organisers, Revd John Littleton and Dr Eamon Maher.

9h45-11h30     Panel I (054)
Scriptural, literary and journalistic representations of Irish Catholicism

Chair: Revd John Littleton

Eugene O’Brien (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick): ‘The Old has Gone; the New has Come’:  Paul, Radical Justice and the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

Paul Butler and Eamon Maher (ITT): The ‘Trials’ of Catholicism: Interpreting John McGahern’s Representation of Religion through the camera lens.

Grace Neville (University College Cork): How Catholic is contemporary Ireland? Le Monde responds.

11h30-11h45      Tea/coffee

11h45-12h45 (054)       Keynote I
Professor Dermot Keogh (University College Cork): The Catholic Church and the Irish State

Chair: Professor Grace Neville

13h-14h        Lunch (Scholars)

14h-15h45 (054)    Panel II
Clerical Voices

Chair: Dr Eugene O’Brien

Patrick Claffey (Trinity College): John McHale, Ireland’s first liberation theologian.

Tony Flannery (Redemptorist priest and author): Did the early Church Fathers know too much about God?

Mark Patrick Hederman (Glenstal Abbey, Limerick): What happened to the Priesthood of the Laity?

15h45-16h     Tea/coffee 

16h-17h (054)    Keynote II
Dr Gladys Ganiel (Queen’s University Belfast): Understanding Post-Catholic Ireland: Does Religion Still Matter?

Chair: Professor Dermot Keogh (UCC)


Saturday, 7 October

9h-10h45 (054)      Panel III

Mapping paths and strategies for Irish Catholicism

Chair: Professor Colum Kenny (Dublin City University)

Michael Cronin (Trinity College Dublin): The (Sacred) Heart of Empire? Irish Catholicism and the Culture Wars.

Déborah Vandewoude (Université du Littoral, HLLI-MUSE): Spiritual walking paths in Ireland:  Caminos to faith revival?

Angela Hanley (author): Called to love: Why same-sex marriage need not be a problem for the Catholic Church.

10h45-11h     Tea/coffee 

11h-12h (054)      Keynote III
Professor Catherine Maignant (Université de Lille 3): The ‘digital continent’: an escape route for a Church in crisis?

Chair: Dr Eamon Maher (IT Tallaght)

12h-13h         Lunch (Scholars)

13h-14h45  (054)            Panel IV
Stereotypes, formation and finding a way forward

Chair: Professor Catherine Maignant (Université de Lille 3)

Colum Kenny (Dublin City University): Nuns nice or nasty: controversy and the role of religion in Ireland. 

Alexandra Slaby (Université de Caen): Irrigating Ireland’s ‘path of renewal’: A comparative insight into lay adult faith formation initiatives.

Fáinche Ryan (Trinity College Dublin): Without the Eucharist who are we?

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