The second forum was held in the Global Irish Institute Center at UCD, located at the heart of the university’s impressive campus. There, President Mary McAleese wowed the crowd with a heartfelt endorsement of the new movement to embrace the Irish diaspora, which is becoming an ever increasing and important part of Irish identity.
UCD’s Irish Studies Institute is the perfect center for the Irish diaspora interested in seeing and experiencing all things Irish. UCD is already home to the world’s leading scholars in Irish history, archaeology, literature, culture, drama and film, political and economic studies.
The state-of-the-art building that houses the program will act as a national and international hub for the study of contemporary Ireland.
The center provides high quality facilities for up to 150 researchers with office, exhibition and performance space.
According the UCD’s Web site, the big questions the institute focuses on and addresses are the following:
1.How did we get here and what does it mean to be Irish in the early 21st century?
2.How do we govern ourselves in order to manage the challenges and opportunities ahead?
3.What can we learn from our experience in the three contexts (British-Irish, European and global) in which we find ourselves?