The Right to Have Rights – Seamus Deane Lectures

Seamus Deane Annual lectures for Field Day.

The theme of these lectures is “The Right to Have Rights,” specifically regarding Direct Provision and the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

It’s a set of two events.

  • Galway  (14th October) –  Bryan McMahon lead author of the McMahon Report on Direct Provision
  • Derry  (20th October) – Conor Kenny, field doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières. He has worked on the Greek-Macedonian border, Lesbos and on the MV Aquarius.

Free admission for asylum seekers, please send an email to  if you would like to attend.

Transport details to follow shortly.

More details here. SDlecture2017 Press Release_General-1


A course with a difference!

Want to do something really different?

Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.

On the Khan Academy website

Gramophone Society Invitation


Athlone Gramophone society have very kindly invited us to their regular meetings. See below for details:


Glad to have discovered your site.

Music is truly international, which is why members decided to invite Asylum Seekers in Athlone to our meetings.
We meet every second Thursday in the Prince of Wales Hotel at 8.15 pm.
The next meeting is on Thursday 5th October. This will be a bring-your-own night when members and visitors are asked to bring along a CD with a favourite piece of music to be played on the night (max duration about 5 minutes).

Anyone who enjoyes listening to music in comfortable surroundings is very welcome… charge!
Please ask for Nora, Mel, Ivan, Mary or Norman.

Anyone got interesting music they would like to play? I’ve got Arabic and South African music, nothing much from Afghanistan or Pakistan.


Asylum Narratives Colloquium 29th September DCU St Patrick’s Campus

Anyone interested in this?

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the DCU Asylum Narratives colloquium, which takes place on Friday 29th September. Highlights include:

  • The inaugural Sanctuary Lecture “Broken World, Broken Word: Resilience in the Arts of Languaging Border Distress”, delivered by Prof Alison Phipps, OBE, UNESCO Chair of Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, Glasgow University. 
  • The critically acclaimed play, “Éire, Land of a Hundred Thousand Welcomes”by Mount Temple Comprehensive students
  • Workshop on Universities of Sanctuary

The colloquium will be held in St Patrick’s Campus Dublin City University, Dublin.

It should be quite an interesting day. The speakers are very good and our very own Chris McDermott is on the panel.

More details here.

Learn about radio broadcasting

Would you like to record a radio programme? Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in radio? Want to get your message out there?

Athlone Community Radio have received funding from the Community Foundation of Ireland to deliver a Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)  Accredited Level 3 Media Expression Course.

The course will be 30 hours long, this will include time in studio, time on location and you will get to record your own radio programme.

For further information please contact Deirdre on 087 936 4974.