Ireland’s Edge – Through the Looking Glass

9th July 2020

Posted In: FYI

Ireland’s Edge is delighted to announce a special online edition of the event series titled Through The Looking Glass. The evening of discussion and performance will be live streamed on Monday, 20th July 2020 at 6pm from the unique setting of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA).  This online edition of Ireland’s Edge is supported by Intel Ireland and presented in partnership with Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and the ITMA.

Living in unprecedented times of coronavirus the familiar landscape has shifted under our feet. So what do we now know about this new world where almost everything looks and seems the same and yet is profoundly changed? As lawmakers, artists, scientists, technologists, students and citizens we have passed through the Looking Glass. Unlike Alice though, we do not know if there is a way back.

Ireland’s Edge – Through The Looking Glass examines new questions raised by our recent and current experiences while reaching back into past times of pandemic. We examine the challenge of encroaching surveillance, issues of data protection, privacy, personal freedom, creativity, ethics and technology in a time of global pandemic, and consider the power and value of storytelling.

Ireland’s Edge -Through The Looking Glass is a unique digital event streamed live from The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) on Monday the 20th July. It  presents four new original and personal perspectives on law, technology, art and music, perspectives that hold key political, cultural and social significance.

This special live stream will be available to watch on YouTubeFacebook Live and Twitter.


Ms. Justice Marie Baker – Supreme Court of Ireland

Dr. David Kenny – Assistant Professor of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Mick O’Brien – Uileann Piper

Aoife Ní Bhriain – Fiddle and Violin

Rita Duffy – Artist in Residence, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Conor McGinn – CEO & Co-Founder of Akara Robotics, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, TCD, Co-Director, Robotics and Innovation Lab, TCD

Niamh Donnelly – Director of AI & Co-Founder of Akara Robotics