Forthcoming Events

The Forthcoming Events section is part of Dóchas Wednesday News, which also includes job openings, volunteer posts and sector courses, seminars and events. Please use the menu links on the right, or below if on a mobile device, to navigate through the different sections.

(1) ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 Final Showcase & Awards Ceremony: 23 May, 10am - 4.30pm, The Convention Centre, Dublin

Join us in celebrating 20 years of youth eco-action in Ireland! Every year, for the last 20 years, hundreds of young people across Ireland have been battling it out to make it to ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards Final Showcase & Awards Ceremony. To make it to the showcase, young people have to come up with an environmental action project and take real action in their local communities. Come enjoy the day and experience over 100 action projects, workshops, exhibitions from environmental organisations, and the final awards ceremony. Find out more.

(2) Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day: Pedagogy in Action: 24 May, 9.15am - 4.15pm, Department of Education, NUIM, Maynooth

The annual Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day takes place on Friday, 24 May 2019, and is hosted by the Education Department at Maynooth University. Our theme this year is ‘Pedagogy in Action’. All sessions will focus on active engagement and dialogue. The event will be of interest to educators involved/interested in Development Education in Initial Teacher Education (post-primary). A draft Schedule Overview is available here. To register for the event, please email

(3) Africa Day 2019: 25 May, various locations 

See the full range of events taking place around the country here.

(4) International Law Under Stress: A View from the United States: 27 May, 12.45pm - 2pm, IIEA, 8 North Great George's St, Dublin

Keynote address at the IIEA by Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. In an event co-hosted by the Irish branch of the International Law Association (ILA), Professor Koh will draw on his recent book The Trump Administration and International Law and offer a compelling new strategy for how to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law at a time when authoritarian regimes around the world are on the rise. Professor Koh will discuss the US President’s stance on the international legal process across a range of issues including: immigration and refugee law, human rights, climate change, denuclearisation, trade diplomacy, relations with North Korea, Russia and Ukraine, America's "Forever War" against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, and the ongoing tragedy in Syria. Find out more.

(5) Dublin, Schengen and the Need for Political Leadership: 28 May, 12.45pm - 2pm, IIEA, 8 North Great George's St, Dublin

A keynote address at the IIEA by Dr Marie De Somer, Head of the Migration and Diversity Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC). In her address to the IIEA, Dr De Somer will give an overview of the Dublin Regulation and how it has impacted on the Schengen Area. The Dublin III Regulation establishes the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application primarily based on the first point of irregular entry. Over the past few years this has placed disproportionate pressure on frontline Member States, including Italy, Greece and Malta. With regard to the Schengen Area, there are concerns that internal border controls are being upheld long past any reasonable policy justification. Dr De Somer will argue that in the absence of political leadership, the two systems risk collapsing and will offer suggestions on what the future of both systems might look like. Find out more.

(6) Children First: A Global Perspective on Volunteering in Orphanages and Transforming Care: 28 May, 11am - 2.30pm, The Oak Room, The Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin

Increasingly there is a global shift in policy and practice away from supporting orphanages and towards enabling family and community-based care where the best interests and rights of the child are protected. Children First: A Global Perspective on Volunteering in Orphanages provides an opportunity to hear from a range of voices on the impact of volunteering in orphanages; and the global movements that are transforming care from the institutional model towards family and community services, which enable better life outcomes for children. Speakers include Rebecca Smith, Senior Child Protection Adviser with Save the Children and representative from ReThink Orphanages; Professor Pat Dolan, Chair UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and Aileen O’Sullivan, Communications Officer with Chernobyl Children International. Lunch will be served following the event. This event is being organised by Comhlámh and the Volunteering in Orphanages Working Group (OWG). The OWG includes representatives from volunteering sending agencies which are party to Comhlámh's Code of Good Practice and who are concerned at the negative effects of institutional care on children and the particularly harmful impact of international volunteering in orphanages. Register.

(7) Food, Sustainably: 30 May, 6 June, 13 June, 7pm, Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8

The Irish Environmental Network and World Vision Ireland, as part of the Make Ireland Sustainable For All Project are organising a series of screenings and discussions on sustainable food. Held in the Fumbally Stables, Dublin 8, Food, Sustainably will show a series of 3 films over 3 weeks, examining the connection between global food systems and the Sustainable Development Goals against the backdrop of climate change, industrial agriculture and biodiversity loss. Following each film, a guest speaker will speak for 10 minutes on 'Insights from the Field' before opening up to broader audience discussion. Fermented drinks, teas and coffees and nibbles provided on the night by the Fumbally.

  • 30 May – 7pm: Thank You For The Rain: This award winning documentary examines the impacts of climate change, from the point of view of Kisilu Musya, a smallholder farmer in Kenya. 

  • 6 June – 7pm: Seed: The Untold Story: Following a group of passionate farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers, this documentary highlights the loss of seed diversity worldwide and the battle to protect our 12,000 year old food legacy. 

  • 13 June – 7pm: In Our Hands: Seeding Change: This film is an exploration of human-scale agriculture and charts a growing movement of farmers and food workers dedicated to creating sustainable food systems for all. 

(8) This is the Greatest Show - 5 Years of Activism for Agenda 2030: 3 June, 5pm - 8pm, SVP Ozanam House, 53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin

An evening party open to all is organised by All Together in Dignity Ireland to mark the European Sustainable Development Week 2019. The evening will include presentation on SDGs activities, Sing Along Session, games and more fun! The focus of this late afternoon event will be a celebration of 5 years of activism by ATD Ireland for Transforming the world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From the Summer 2014 to June 2019, Members of the ATD Ireland team have been strongly involved in the promotion and implementation of Agenda 2030, the 17 SDGs and the Leave No One Behind Promise in Ireland. This event in the middle of the European Sustainable Development Week 2019 is an opportunity to take stock of this work and look ahead. Find out more.

(9) 'Before the Flood' Film Screening and Climate Change Discussion: 12 June, 7pm - 9pm, Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78-79 Grafton St, Dublin

To mark World Environment Day 2019, Tearfund Ireland invites you to join us in Bewley’s Theatre Café on Dublin’s Grafton Street to learn more about climate change and what you can do about it. Tearfund Ireland will be screening the National Geographic’s documentary Before the Flood, which features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change first-hand. The documentary presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. We hope that the documentary will stimulate some good discussion and afterwards we will present some practical lifestyle changes people can make to prevent climate change – we will also have some great spot prizes to give away! Find out more and register.

(10) The Comhlámh Coming Home Weekend - ‘Sustaining Our Work’: 22 - 23 June, Django Hostel in Cloughjordan eco-village, Tipperary

‘Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.’ - Audre Lord. Comhlámh is delighted to announce that our next Coming Home Weekend will take place in Django Hostel in Cloughjordan eco-village on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June. This two-day residential retreat will give you time to reflect on your placement in the Global South, together with other returned volunteers and development workers: An opportunity for personal reflection on some of the challenges and highpoints of your time overseas; the chance to meet others who have had similar journeys and to collectively consider the impact of your experiences; a space where you can link your overseas experience within your ongoing work for global justice, sustaining your active engagement from Ireland. If you have worked or volunteered in the Global South for three months or more, you are most welcome to join us. This year, we’re very pleased to include a social event on Saturday evening to celebrate the summer solstice; during the weekend, we will also have an input from our friends in CloughJordan about the ongoing work in their eco-village. The cost is 50 euro for Comhlámh members and 100 euro for non-members, and accommodation is on a shared basis. Find out more.