The National Campaign for the Arts in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival presents: “IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY AND ECONOMICS” Preserving our cultural legacy as we approach the centenary of the foundation of our State
Prof. Diarmuid Ferriter in conversation with Senator Fiach MacConghail From the Four Courts fire in 1922 to the Wood Quay campaign in the 1970s, threats to our cultural heritage are nothing new and now, in the grip of recession, the very survival of our national cultural institutions is threatened. Under current government proposals thirteen key organisations, including galleries, libraries, archives, museums and Culture Ireland, are under critical review and will be rationalised, amalgamated or abolished in 2012.
As we enter the ‘decade of centenaries’, and the celebration of our heritage takes centre stage, historian Diarmaid Ferriter joins Senator Fiach Mac Conghail to discuss the preservation of our cultural legacy in the light of current government policy.
Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland, Judging Dev and The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000. Until recently he was a member of the board of the National Library.
Senator Fiach MacConghail is the director of the Abbey Theatre and a member of the steering committee of the National Campaign for the Arts.
This event is free but tickets must be booked Contact www.kilkennyarts.ie or 0567752175