The Laurence Gilson Commemoration Association is working hard at putting together a weekend which will be attractive to a wide range of people with an interest in education – academics, students, parents, teachers – as well as the many adults in the country who have a general interest in education, either as current or would-be learners.
There will be a mix of Seminars exploring and discussing topics including lifelong learning, creativity in education and how technology is impacting on education. Confirmed speakers so far include Berni Brady, Chief Executive Officer of AONTAS, Ted Fleming, Centre for Research and Adult Learning NUIM, Leo Casey, Director, Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching, NCI, Myles Dungan, RTE presenter, and Carmel Mulcahy, Department of Education Studies, DCU. You can download the Full Programme to see the whole weekend’s events.
Our aim is to honour Laurence Gilson’s legacy and provide a weekend which will be stimulating, interesting and fun, and that will emphasise that learning and education are not confined to the schoolroom. So as well as the more usual seminars and talks as outlined above, there will also be opportunities for learners to meet with practitioners from a wide range of fields including animation, architecture, history, botany and horticulture and gain some insights into how they themselves might learn more about these fields.
On Sunday May 27th there will also be a chance for visitors to see some of the ancient and beautiful areas and sites around Oldcastle and we have planned field trips to the Loughcrew Cairns and Fore Abbey amongst others.