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UCD Festival Talks

UCD Festival Talks

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UCD Festival Talks is a new podcast series that dips into our conversation archive to revisit some of the engaging literary and cultural chats from UCD Festival@home 2020. The UCD Festival is a unique showcase of the innovation, creativity and research that happens in UCD.
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UCD Festival Talks

Emilie Pine in conversation with Sophie White and Emma Dabiri
UCD academic and author of Notes To Self Professor Emilie Pine talks to Sophie White about her recent widely-acclaimed collection dealing with the horrors of grief, addiction, mental illness, and the casual and sometimes hilarious cruelty of life and Emma Dabiri on a new way to talk about racial injustice: one that builds on the revolutionary ideas of the past and forges new connections.
June 9, 2021
The Power of Giving
The generous spirit of giving that shines brightly in the UCD alumni community has a ripple effect. The Gift of Giving knows no limit as philanthropy has the power to improve lives and transform society. This has been a difficult year for many charities, but they have risen to the challenge and have rather unexpectedly thrived. Join us for this headline event as we discuss The power of giving and the important contributions that Foundations are making not only across Ireland but globally, Eilis Murray, CEO Philanthropy Ireland will be joined in conversation with Human Rights, Equality & Social Justice Campaigner Denise Charlton, CEO of The Community Foundation of Ireland and Senator Joan Freeman, Founder of Pieta House and The Darkness into Light Campaign which has raised in excess of excess of €7million in 2021 alone.
June 9, 2021
Temple Bar by Group ’91, 30 Years Later
Join three highly-esteemed UCD alumni – Shelley McNamara (Ulysses Medal 2019, Grafton Architects), Frank McDonald (Former Environment Correspondent, Irish Times) and Derek Tynan (DTArchitects) will discuss their relationship with Temple Bar. Asking the critical questions, architect, urban designer and UCD APEP lecturer Dr Alan Mee, will probe our panellists to uncover the fascinating story of late 1980s Dublin which brought about the Temple Bar vision. Two of the panellists (Shelley and Derek) were part of the original Group ’91 architectural design team and the third member (Frank) is a long-time resident of Temple Bar, and one of Dublin’s most astute urban commentators. Acknowledging that this is a challenging place in 2021, the panellists will discuss urban design issues and original intentions. Introduced by Dr Ellen Rowley. Chaired by Dr Alan Mee.
June 9, 2021
The Novel in the Digital Age
Join author Paul Perry in conversation with Sunday Independent Literary Editor Madeleine Keane about his new novel The Garden (New Island, May 2021). Described by Booker prize-winner, Anne Enright as ‘A lush, tough evocation of obsession and betrayal, this is noir with a poet’s touch. The Garden is a book about beauty, blood, heat and ruin. A rich and satisfying read.’ Also up for discussion in this session is how the novel and narrative negotiate the digital age. Has the novel changed radically? What happens when writers resist the social impact of the internet? Featuring alligators, orchids, death by misdemeanour and the never-ending sunshine of the Florida everglades, there will be lots to discuss.
June 9, 2021
Niamh Campbell in conversation with Louise Nealon, Louise Kennedy and John Patrick McHugh
UCD’s writer-in-residence Niamh Campbell, herself a recent debutante with This Happy, talks to Louise Nealon, Louise Kennedy and John Patrick McHugh. All have new and acclaimed debut novels or collections of short stories released in 2021 and Niamh will be talking to them about their work, the craft of writing, and being part of the Irish writing world.
June 9, 2021
Michael Collins Then & Now
In 1996, Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) directed Michael Collins, a biopic focusing on the life of the Irish revolutionary. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and remains a much-loved depiction of an influential time in history. 25 years later, Ireland is a very different place. Hear from Neil Jordan and UCD Professor of Modern History Diarmaid Ferriter as they examine the genesis of this story, what Ireland was like when it was released, and how much has changed now. UCD Associate Professor Jorie Lagerwey, Head of UCD Film Studies, will lead this fascinating conversation on the many interconnections between history and film.
June 9, 2021
Poetry In The Early Free State
Presenter of RTE Radio 1’s Poetry Programme Olivia O’Leary in conversation with Jessica Traynor, Peter Sirr, and UCD Professor Lucy Collins, asking: How much did Yeats and the Celtic Revival dominate poetry in the early years of the Free State? How long did it take for Irish poets to find a distinctive contemporary Irish voice and open up to international trends? What was the effect of censorship and the Catholic Church? And where were the women poets?
June 9, 2021
More than Cúpla Focal
Meet Gaeilgeoirí who learnt Irish as their second language and who come from a variety of backgrounds, sharing the same love for Irish. Spreagfaidh siad aon chainteoir uaillmhianach Gaeilge, bíodh sé idir thosaitheoirí agus iad siúd nár úsáid an teanga ó rinne siad an Ardteist. Is féidir le gach duine a labhraíonn a ‘gcúpla focal’ cur le hathbheochan labhartha na Gaeilge atá ag fás go láidir le cúpla bliain anuas. Encouraged by Roxanna Nic Liam’s recent ‘Siúcra’ (Sugar) and Áine Gallagher’s ‘Grá agus Eagla’ (Love and Fear) we are warmed by stories of how they found their ‘grá’ for Gaeilge and subsequently how they managed to combat the ‘eagla’ of learning a new language. Cé go bhfuil go leor roghanna ag UCD chun an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim agus líofacht a fháil sa Ghaeilge, cuideoidh an comhrá seo leis na bacainní a choisceann orainn go minic an ‘cúpla focal’ atá againn a úsáid agus an ‘eagla’ sin a bhaineann le foghlaim na Gaeilge a shaothrú. The conversation will be moderated by Eoin McEvoy (UCD Educational Technologist, artist and community activist) who will bring to life a convivial bilingual conversation with Áine Gallagher (Comedian, subject of ‘Grá & Eagla’ directed by Caitriona Ní Chadhain), Ola Majekodunmi (Black Irish Gaeilgeoir, Broadcaster & Film maker), and Fangzhe Qiu (UCD Lecturer of Celtic Civilisation). ‘Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste’, so be inspired to use more than cúpla focal!
June 9, 2021
Designing Temple Bar: From Group ’91 to Group ‘21
In this conversation, introduced by Dr Ellen Rowley from UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning + Environmental Policy, two Masters students – Cara Jordan (Architecture) and Roisin Cahill (Urban Design + Planning) – will present the work of three studios, each working on the origin and legacy of Dublin’s Temple Bar cultural quarter. 30 years have passed since 1991 when the original design team, Group ‘91 carved out new squares, streets and uses from old building. To mark this, UCD M.Arch students are making an exhibition, in Curved Street (Film Base windows) which will be launched in June 2021. Get a taster of this exhibition and the research with Cara and Roisin.
June 9, 2021
Climate Change: Impacts, Policy and Activism
UCD Alumnus, Environment and Science Editor and former Editor of The Irish Times, Kevin O’Sullivan will drive a panel discussion on climate change that will explore the indicators and the future adverse effects of climate change, social and environmental justice, national and international legislation and the rise of climate action movements around the world.
June 9, 2021
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science
Dr. Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow at University College Dublin talks to Dr. Paul Behrens, academic in environmental change at Leiden University about his 2020 popular science book “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science” and our reasons to be optimistic and pessimistic about the future of the climate emergency.
June 9, 2021
The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices
Paul McVeigh is the editor of The 32 – an upcoming collection of essays and memoir, bringing together sixteen well-known writers from working class backgrounds with an equal number of new and emerging writers from all over the island of Ireland. He’ll be in conversation with two of the featured authors Lisa McInerney and Michael Nolan.
June 9, 2021
Chocolate Kingdom – Colm Healy, CEO of Skelligs Chocolate
Skelligs Chocolate CEO and UCD Smurfit School alumnus Colm Healy talks about building sweet dreams in rural Kerry as a chocolate entrepreneur in the gift industry.
May 20, 2021
How do elite athletes stay focused on their goals and motivated for ongoing improvement?
Join UCD alumni Daniel Davey, Senior Performance Nutritionist at Leinster Rugby in conversation exploring the topic of how elite athletes stay focused on their goals and motivated for ongoing improvement. Daniel has worked as a performance nutritionist with a host of elite athletes in a range of sports such as golf, athletics, rugby and GAA. In conjunction with his role with Leinster Rugby, Daniel also works as a performance nutritionist with the Dublin senior footballers.
May 20, 2021
‘In the Doctors Chair’ podcast: Dr Mark Rowe In Conversation with Leo Cullen, Head Coach Leinster Rugby on the theme of Burnout Prevention & Building a Resilient Mind.
Leo Cullen has a history as a prolific rugby player. He won 32 caps for Ireland and 221 for Leinster, and he has won titles at Blackrock College, Leinster Rugby, and Leicester Tigers. His success as a player has followed him to management: he became Leinster Rugby head coach in August 2015,and in 2018 he became the first man to win a Champion’s Cup title as both a player and a head coach. He presided over the first-ever Guinness PRO14 and Champion’s Cup double for Leinster, and in February 2021 he was voted the inaugural winner of Guinness PRO14 Coach of the Month. Leo joins me to talk about what resilience means to him. We speak about leadership and values, and how to overcome obstacles. We talk about the value of focusing your attention where it matters at each moment in time. He gives his thoughts on burnout prevention and talks about the importance of doing what you love. We discuss professionalism in sports and talk about commitment to continuous improvement. We also discuss the power of purpose on and off the field. “When you’re doing something you really enjoy, it never seems like particularly hard work, does it?” Thanks for listening to In the Doctor’s Chair, the show where you’ll hear conversations that share life lessons, health habits, and leadership practices that focus on positive psychology, lifestyle medicine, and ways for you to live with more vitality. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and leave a comment wherever you listen to your podcasts. For more resources to help you to live with more vitality, please visit my website. Dr Mark Rowe
May 20, 2021
Masters of Their Art
Helen Cullen and Anne Griffin are part of a golden generation of Irish writers and they talk about their trade with Dave Rudden.
May 18, 2021
Living The American Dream
A meeting of minds: Fiona McEntee, UCD alumnus, runs a major immigration law firm in Chicago. Jessica Traynor is a respected poet and creative writing tutor.
May 18, 2021
June Caldwell celebrates the life and times of Nuala O’Faolain with Rick O’Shea
The Museum of Literature Ireland, located in the historic UCD Newman House on St Stephen’s Green, is a wonderful addition to Dublin’s museum offering. Here writer June Caldwell celebrates the life and times of Nuala O’Faolain with Rick O’Shea.
May 18, 2021
UCD In Conversation with Colm Tóibín
One of the country’s most acclaimed authors talks books and literary inspiration.
May 18, 2021
Belfield in 2070
Newstalk’s Jonathan McCrea presents the Futureproof show and will ask what will UCD of 50 years’ time look like.
May 18, 2021
Belfield 50
A must for former UCD students: a lively, informative discussion on how the Belfield Campus has developed over the last half century.
May 18, 2021
UCD Festival Talks Introduction
An introduction to UCD Festival Talks, a new podcast series which dips into the 2020 UCD Festival conversation archive. Join us for literary and cultural conversations from the UCD Festival@Home 2020.
May 14, 2021