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Free Public Conference: Conflict + the City

31 May - 1 June 2016, Liberty Hall Theatre

This international, public conference aimed to set the efforts to deal with the destruction of Dublin arising from the struggle for independence and its aftermath, within an international context. The conference raised awareness of the destruction of Dublin in the environs of O’Connell Street and the campaigns of rebuilding – looking at the public ambition and the symbolic priority to rebuild/repair the major public buildings (the GPO, the Four Courts and the Custom House) and the reality of the general reconstruction through private speculation.  The conference brought new information to the neglected field of Dublin’s early twentieth-century architectural history and positioned the city as ‘Third Man’, a key protagonist in the heady narrative of state formation. Papers included case studies of reconstruction projects from all over the world.
Dublin City Council Heritage Office with Dr Ellen Rowley and UCD School of Architecture.


Sister City Event and Summit

21 - 24 April 2016

While 2016 was a year of commemorations in Ireland, it was also the 60th anniversary of the founding of Sister Cities International by US President Eisenhower and the 30th anniversary of the San Jose- Dublin Sister City Agreement. In co-operation with Local Authorities throughout Ireland the Lord Mayor of Dublin invited cities in the USA twinned with Irish cities, counties and towns to come to Ireland in April 2016. This gathering of sister cities in the year in which Ireland remembers the 1916 Rising that eventually led to independence, provided an opportunity to celebrate the unique relationship between the USA and Ireland through city-to-city relationships. The gathering featured a one and half day summit in Dublin on April 22nd and 23rd. This summit was co-hosted by Dublin City Council and San Jose and the theme for the summit was “Independence and Interdependence”, reflecting the need for cities to work together globally to improve the lives of citizens and tackle common urban challenges. Alongside the summit, local programmes were organised in cities, counties and towns in Ireland that have a sister city in the USA.

Visit the All Ireland Sister Cities website.