Inclusive Centenaries Conference

May 26 2016 Posted: 13:09 IST

On Friday June 17th, the Inclusive Centenaries Conference took place NUIG, in order to reflect on the ideals of inclusivity and inequality contained in the 1916 proclamation. Funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme, the conference was organised by the Centre for Global Women’s Studies, led by Professor Niamh Reilly in partnership with Dr. Ciara Smyth, Law School, and Dr. Charlotte McIvor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and community partners including the Galway County Council Intercultural Forum and Youth Works Ireland Galway. The event brought together different members of the community, such as those in direct provision, and other new community members in order to create awareness about how different groups are living in Ireland today. Laoise Talty, one of the M.A. students who attended the event, said that, ‘the opening talks were really emotional and difficult to listen to, as they were the reality for people in direct provision’.  In response to the Inclusive Centenaries project, NUI Galway was pleased to launch a new Inclusive Centenaries Scholarship Scheme with support from Galway University Foundation. This scheme targets those leaving secondary school who are from new communities, in order to facilitate their integration into third level education.