Forthcoming Events

This information section is part of Dóchas Wednesday News, which also includes job openingsvolunteer posts and sector coursesseminars and events. Please use the menu links on the right to navigate through the different sections.

(1) Viatores Christi Overseas Volunteering Info & Recruitment Session: 26 August, 11am, VC HQ. 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 

Come and meet VC to learn more about their current vacancies overseas as well as their part-time overseas development training programme Venture 2017. Call 01-8689986 or email for further information!

(2) Front Line Defenders - The Legacy of Casement: exploring human rights through music: 27 August, 6.30pm, The MAC, Belfast

Join Front Line Defenders as Christopher McAteer presents selected scenes from his 2014 opera "Casement", alongside a discussion between human rights defenders, Ilot Alphonse Muthaka and María D'jalma Torres Sánchez, from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Peru. María D'jalma Torres Sánchez works as a lawyer on the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination. Ilot Alphonse Muthaka fights for women's rights in the DRC. He has faced threats for this work and has, on occasion, been forced to flee the DRC in order to preserve his life.

Admittance to this event is free but a small contribution to the work of Front Line Defenders is appreciated. Register here:

(3) LASCWeds talk - Indigenous rights in Bolivia: Tipnis: 29 August, 7pm, Comhlámh, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

The revival by the government of Evo Morales of the controversial TIPNIS project that plans to run a highway through an indigenous and environmental reserve has re-opened wounds between Bolivia's president and indigenous movement. The project also brings into focus once again the conflict between nationalist visions of development and indigenous environmental rights. This talk will examine this emblematic case and its potential impact. 

Talk delivered by Chris O'Connell and Victor Flores. For more information, please click here.

(4) Discovery Day for Erasmus+ Youth Funding Opportunities – Léargas: 13 September, 10am - 12.30pm, Dance Ireland, Liberty Corner, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Learn about funding opportunities for projects involving young people. Talk to us about the issues that you are working on and find out about funding that may be available to your organisation. We will tell you about the many types of projects that can be funded under Erasmus+.

Here are some examples:

  • Supporting young people's right to participation and empowering them to engage with policy makers

  • Supporting marginalised young people e.g young asylum seekers, migrants and others

  • Arts projects involving young people

  • Working with rural people and the issues that affect them 

Please register to reserve your place. If you need more information please contact Leo Gilmartin or call 018871260. 

(5) To End A War screening: 21 September, 6-9pm, Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

To mark the International Day of Peace, the United Nations in partnership with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs presents 'To End A War.'

‘To End a War’ explores what it takes both strategically and spiritually for a nation of 50 million to move from hatred to forgiveness, from war to peace. The 52-year fight between the Colombian Government and the Marxist guerilla FARC-EP is the longest running civil war in Latin America. Two generations of Colombians have never known what it means to live in peace. Since September 2012 the Government and FARC have held Peace Talks behind closed doors on neutral ground in Havana, Cuba. With unprecedented access to both political leaders, President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC Chief Commander Timochenko, this intimate observational documentary film goes behind the scenes during this profound moment in Colombia’s history.

For more information and to register, please click here.

(6) Comhlámh Coming Home weekend: 4-5 November, Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

These weekends take place twice a year and are a space for anyone who has returned home from working or volunteering overseas for 3 months or more in a development, humanitarian or missionary capacity.

The residential weekends are a chance to carve out that space to reflect on the time spent overseas, to explore the transition of coming back home and to have the chance to debate, share and hear from others as well as get to know what is happening in Ireland in the development, community and activist scene.

The cost for the course is €50 for Comhlámh members and €100 for non members including overnight accommodation (no cost for UNV and Rapid Response Corps returnees). Sign up here -