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Catholic Ireland
Past, Present, Future

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

A graduate of University College Dublin and Holy Cross College Drumcondra, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was ordained a priest in 1969 and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1976, serving in the Pontifical Council of the Family before becoming undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. There he provided a forceful and persuasive voice on issues of poverty, human rights, and social justice. He traveled on conflict-resolution missions to East Timor, Sarajevo, and Rwanda, and later became known as a leading international voice for debt relief while serving as Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations in Geneva.

As Archbishop of Dublin since 2004, he has continued to work for social justice and societal harmony while striving to restore the Catholic Church’s esteem and respect in Ireland. He has been unsparing in condemning clerical offenses and calling for their redress, and also humble and compassionate towards their victims.Today he is recognized in Ireland, not only as the Archbishop of the largest diocese in Ireland, but also as one of the most influential public intellectuals in Ireland.


Dr. John P. Harrington
Dr. John P. Harrington is the current Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. He was educated at Columbia University, University College, Dublin, and he earned his Ph.D. in literature from Rutgers University. He has written extensively on Irish literature and culture, including The Irish Beckett (1991),The Irish Play on the New York Stage (1997), and The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street (2007). While continuing to teach and to attend academic conferences, Harrington also lectures frequently on theater and Irish culture in non-academic settings such as the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, the Dublin Theatre Festival, and many others. He is the former Chairman of the Board of the PBS stations WMHT Educational Telecommunications and a current member of the Board of Mint Theater, a professional company in New York City. .

Dr. J.J. Lee
Dr. J.J. Lee is the Glucksmann Professor of Irish Studies at NYU, and the Director of the Glucksmann Ireland House at NYU, where he has created, through events and publications, a genuinely original kind of integration of both the public and the academic dimensions of Irish studies. In addition to this, Dr. J.J. Lee was on the faculty at University College Cork for many years, and in that capacity he was also the representative of the National University of Ireland to the Upper House of the Irish Parliament, Seanad Éireann.

Dr. Theodora Hawksley
Dr. Theodora Hawksley is currently completing a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School. She has published quite widely on theology and her work that integrates into theology dimensions and practices of ethnography and field work. She is now working in the Center for Theology and Public Issues at Edinburgh on a project called Peacebuilding Through Media Arts, which has specific reference to contemporary Ireland and to the Catholic Church in it.

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