Forthcoming Events

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(1) UCDVO Development Film Series 2018: Running from 29 January - 26 February, 6pm

The UCDVO Development Film Series includes 5 high quality feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each Monday screening is followed by a guest speaker and refreshments. Seat bookings should be made in advance of each screening by emailing For programme details, please click here. This event is free of charge and all are welcome. Follow us on facebook for updates and reminders (

(2) #SDGchallenge - A Showcase Event: 23 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm, The Pillar Room, The Rotunda Foundation, The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1.

Development Perspectives and the #SDGchallenge invites you to join them to learn about and celebrate the actions of some of Ireland's leading Sustainable Development Goal Advocates. You are invited to participate in an interactive day of debate and exploration involving a panel discussion with Suzanne Keatinge (Dóchas), Maria Barry (Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, DCU) and Peter McVerry (Peter McVerry Trust). You will have the opportunity to find out more about Ireland's commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and opportunities for you to get involved in making them a reality. Further information available from To register please click here.

(3) Fairtrade Fortnight: 26 February - 11 March

There are millions of farmers in developing countries who aren’t paid what they deserve no matter how hard they work. Many are paid prices too low to provide for their families properly. But you can help end this - Check Out Fairtrade and help change the world! Click here to find out more.

(4) Edward M. Kennedy Institute of Conflict Intervention special screen showing of 'Condemned to Remember': 26 February, 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1, John Hume Building, North Campus, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Admission Fee: €5.00. The film follows Irish Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental as he embarks on an epic journey across a Europe in turmoil. Along the way, he puts himself into the shoes of the “new Jews” and discovers a strong common bond with refugees fleeing the hell that is Syria. Followed by Q&A Session with Tomi Reichental. Do not miss this opportunity to see a powerful documentary. This film carries a 15A Certificate in Ireland. Find out more and book

(5) Hot Coffee - Comhlámh's #FirstWed Debate: 28 February, 7pm, Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

From disposable cups to disposable lives, and by way of social phenomena like gentrification, hipster-ism and ‘indie DIY v’s Starbucks Inc’, coffee continues to impact on our psyche and gets people wired up. Coffee’s recent history is less obvious though. The 1980s were a tough time for coffee farmers. Prices were low, farmers were badly exploited, incentives for quality beans were minimal, yet the large coffee companies profited hugely.  Find our more here.

(6) Mass Starvation - 21st Century Crime: 28 February, 6pm - 8pm, The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin

Professor Alex de Waal will be joined by Professor Siobhan Mullally for an evening of discussion on the history and future of famine. The event will be chaired by journalist and RTE presenter Audrey Carville. Find out more and register.

(7) Meet VSO - Learn about Volunteering Overseas: 1 March, 6pm, VSO Office, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

This is a great opportunity for people interested in volunteering overseas to meet and speak with staff and returned volunteers about what it's like to volunteer with VSO. This Meet VSO will focus on upcoming volunteer roles in education. If you or someone you know are interested in education-focused roles, stop by to find out more. Find out more.

(8) Afri Famine Walk 2018: 19 May, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

The 2018 Famine Walk will take place on Saturday 19 May in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Further details will be posted to the Afri website closer to the time. If you would like to receive a postal brochure (sent out one month in advance of the walk), please contact the Afri office: or 01 8827563. Find out more.