ISPA Seminar, 21 Nov - Multicultural Ireland: Immigrant Integration

Posted on 31 Oct 2019

You are invited to attend an ISPA Seminar on: Multicultural Ireland: Immigrant Integration

Date & time: Thursday, 21 November 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. 

Location: Wynn's Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.



Professor Mary Gilmartin – Maynooth University on:
Immigrant integration policies, processes, and outcomes in contemporary Ireland

She will report on the findings of two recent research projects: (1) considering how we can develop better integration policies in Ireland using a human rights approach, and (2) looking at how we define and assess immigrant integration outcomes in Ireland; the barriers to successful immigrant integration; and implications for future planning and policy development.
Dr. Paul Rouse – University College Dublin on:
Multiculturalism and the GAA

He will assess the successes and failures of the GAA in inclusion and integration, examining the structures of the Association and how it operates in this area. He will also look at the role the GAA plays outside of Ireland.


Mary Gilmartin is Professor of Geography at Maynooth University, where she has worked for almost 12 years. She holds an undergraduate degree from UCD, and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on migration and mobility, and her publications include two recent books: Ireland and migration in the twenty-first century (Manchester University Press, 2015) and Borders, mobility and belonging in the era of Brexit and Trump (Policy Press, 2018, co-authored with Tricia Wood and Cian O'Callaghan). She has just completed two research projects on immigrant integration in Ireland, funded by the Irish Research Council and by IHREC.

Paul Rouse is Associate Professor of History at University College Dublin. His main research interest lies in the history of sport. He has written extensively on the history of Irish sport, but also on the global history of spot. His research also extends to popular culture, the history of the media, and the history of agriculture. He is the founding editor of, UCD's public history site ( Most recently, he appeared on the three-part RTÉ history of hurling, 'The Game', and in a docudrama on Hugh Lane, 'Citizen Lane'. He writes a weekly column for the Irish Examiner newspaper.

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