25th Burren Law School this weekend

25th Burren Law School this weekend

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The Burren Law School, now in its 25th year, will take place from May 4-6, 2018 at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan. 

The theme of this year’s conference is “Law and the Art of the Possible: The Fifth Province?” and is Guest Directed by Chairperson of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop.

Additional speakers include: Former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley; journalist and broadcaster, Alison O’Connor; historian, author and journalist, Brian Feeney; Honorary President of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, David B. Wexler; journalist and broadcaster, Eamonn Mallie; Justice Mary Laffoy and many others.

This year’s topic springs from the fact that there are four provinces in Ireland, but the word for province in Irish is ‘cúige’, meaning a fifth. So where was the fifth province? This has led to the idea that the fifth province was not a physical place, but a creative ‘no man’s land’, a space for settling disputes and healing. This is particularly relevant in the light of current controversies such as Brexit, a declining faith in institutions of State and our ‘post-truth’ society.

This year, distinguished Brehon scholar is Prof Ruairi Ó hUiginn, Director of the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies will present the Ó Corráin Memorial lectured and discuss The Brehon Perspective.

In addition, this year’s Guest Director, Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop can also contribute about how the idea of the Fifth Province resonances with contemporary Ireland.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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