Limerick, Ireland | Oct 5 - 15

I.NY Symposium 2017

LIMERICK IRELAND | OCTOBER 11TH – 12th 2017

Guest speakers

Keynote : Dermott Rowan

Keynote : Dermott Rowan

Managing director and co-owner of the Orla Kiely brand

I.NY is delighted to welcome Dermott Rowan, the managing director and co-owner of the Orla Kiely brand as the keynote speaker for this year’s symposium. Orla Kiely started in the early nineties as a women’s bag designer and gradually grew to incorporate clothing, homewears and accessories. It is sold in over 30 countries across the globe and is growing year on year.

Dermott was born in Dublin, Ireland. He attended Clongowes Wood College in Kildare at secondary level and went on to graduate from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dermott’s role in the company developed naturally as the company grew and his entrepreneurial skills and business acumen became increasingly indispensable. His in depth understanding of strategic and financial planning has allowed them to retain full ownership of the company whilst expanding the brand exponentially.

He has travelled extensively and possesses a depth of knowledge in international brand building. Acknowledged as an expert in the field of fashion exporting he has taken the Orla Kiely brand to over 30 countries and conquered the toughest markets including Japan and America. This is celebrated in the form of four UKFE awards including a Gold Award. In 2009 he was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He lectures on international brand building and export strategy at various colleges in the UK in addition to being a regular guest speaker to the UK Fashion Exports, the Japan Institute and the Entrepreneurs Club of Hong Kong.

Keynote : Professor Sarah Moore

Keynote : Professor Sarah Moore

Chair of Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Professor Sarah Moore is Chair of Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has played leadership roles both nationally and within the University of Limerick focusing on teaching and learning excellence across disciplines. Her published work spans a range of topics including professional and pedagogical development,  teaching innovations, emotion in the classroom, student perceptions of excellence in teaching, learner support, the features and challenges of academic writing, and the crucial role of creativity in education.

Her interest in creative practice is also reflected in her achievements in creative writing. She has published three critically acclaimed novels which have been shortlisted for several prizes including The Waterstone’s Prize and the CBI book of the year. She was the 2016 recipient of Ireland’s Jack Harte award presented by the Irish Writers’ Centre.  Her creative work has been adapted for the stage in Edinburgh and the West End. Currently, she is acting course director for UL’s MA in Creative Writing and is a member of the team that delivers and facilitates UL’s New York Summer School, in collaboration with Glucksman Ireland House.

Panellists

Trish Long

Trish Long

Vice President and General Manager of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Ireland.

Since 1994, Trish Long has filled various roles within The Walt Disney Company, and currently works with the International and European teams, while also working across Disney franchises and with other Disney lines of business to grow the Company in Ireland.

Trish began her career presenting, producing and news-reading at Big L Radio Station based in Limerick in the 80s. Having been Publicity and Marketing Manager at the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick, she was the first Marketing Director of the Irish Film Centre.

Trish has sat on the Film Advisory Committee of the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) and also the Irish Industry Trust. She is a board member of the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and a member of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick. She is also a board member of the newly opened Troy Film Studios, Castletroy, Limerick.

Jean Butler

Jean Butler

Director of the UCD Irish Dance Ensemble

Best known as a practitioner in Irish Dance, Butler originated the female principle roles and co-choreographed Riverdance : The Show, and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, the later of which Anna Kisselgoff of the NY Times reviewed as “channelling Irish step-dancing into genuine artistic expression.” Since 2005, she has been working in a contemporary context with commissions and support from The Abbey Theatre, The Project Arts Center, The Dublin Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, The Joyce, Baryshnikov Arts Center and most recently, The Kennedy Center and Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Butler is currently UCD Dance Artist in Residence, Director of the UCD Irish Dance Ensemble, Associate Professor of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, and in Spring 2018 will teach at the prestigious Princeton Atelier. Butler’s work as a choreographer, performer and academic bridges the gap between a culturally specific practice and a contemporary approach to dance-making and thought. She is committed to idiosyncratic exploration within traditional form and is dedicated to expanding the canon and perception of Irish Dance Performance. Her recent piece, ‘This is an Irish Dance’ with cellist Neil Martin, will open Galway Festival, September 29 and afterwards will be in residence at The Model, Sligo beginning October 1.
Dr Michael Finneran

Dr Michael Finneran

Senior Lecturer & Head of Drama at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Michael Finneran is a senior lecturer and head of drama at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland where he leads the new BA in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies. He is an active theatre practitioner, working frequently as director and lighting designer. Michael led the team that established the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick, and now serves as a board member and chairs the Belltable subcommittee. He also serves on the board of Dance Limerick.

Michael has published research and spoken internationally on creativity, arts education, social and applied theatre, and teacher education. Recent and forthcoming books include Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts (Routledge, 2016), Education and Theatres: Beyond the four walls, (Springer, 2017) and Applied theatre: Understanding change, (Springer, 2018).

Michael is a former member of the NCCA Board for Early Childhood and Primary Education, and a current member of the High Level Implementation Group which has responsibility for overseeing work on the Arts in Education Charter. He currently chairs the group at the Arts Council which is overseeing the development of the Creative Schools project as part of Creative Ireland.

Mark O'Kelly

Mark O'Kelly

Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art at LSAD

Mark O’Kelly is an Artist who lives and works in Dublin and Limerick. He is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art (1992) and of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1990). The studio based painting practice at the core of this work has provided the foundation for a series of specifically conceived installations addressing theories of representation, reproduction and quotation. Most recent exhibitions include his 2016 exhibition Empireland at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Conversations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2014 and his participation as part of EVA International, Ireland’s Biennale of contemporary art, Agitationism, 2014 and After the Future, 2012 in Limerick.

His work is in many national collections of art including the IMMA (Iish Museum of Modern Art) The Arts Council of Ireland, The Office of Public Works and Limerick City Gallery of Art. O’Kelly is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design. Selected recent exhibitions include: Empireland (solo), Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2016; Conversations, IMMA, Dublin 2014; Agitationism, EVA International, Limerick 2014; Starting Over, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios,Dublin, 2013; Modern Families, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, 2013; After the Future, EVA International, Limerick, 2012; Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012.

Collections include, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland, University College Dublin , Limerick City Gallery of Art, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, , Athlone Institute of Technology, AIB Bank, Bank of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Boyle Civic Collection, AXA, Microsoft, Northern Trust and Private collections in Ireland, UK & USA.

Presenters

Jürgen Simpson

Jürgen Simpson

Director of the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre at University of Limerick

Jürgen Simpson is director of the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre at University of Limerick and is the co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance. His work spans the areas of dance, electronic music, film, opera and installation art. In the area of dance, collaborators include choreographers John Scott and Shobana Jeyasingh, composer Michael Nyman and seven screendance works with director Mary Wycherley. Metamorphosis, with director Clare Langan, received the principal award at the 2007 Oberhausen Film Festival. Operatic works include Air India: Redacted, premiered in Vancouver in 2015, and Thwaite which received the Genesis Opera Project’s top award in 2003. He performed for ten years with Irish Rock band The Jimmy Cake, with whom he released four albums. Recent writing are included in the Oxford Screendance Handbook and The International Journal of Screendance.

Dr. Maurice Patterson

Dr. Maurice Patterson

Interpretive Consumer Researcher at the University of Limerick

Dr. Maurice Patterson is an interpretive consumer researcher at the University of Limerick. Maurice’s key research interest centres on the relationship between consumption, embodiment and identity, and his work uncovers the connections between body-related consumption, individual identity projects and marketplace cultures. Recent work investigates how creolised sonic ecologies resonate with people alternately and simultaneously as tourists, shoppers and music fans on the streets of New Orleans.
Grainne Hassett

Grainne Hassett

Senior Lecturer at the new School of Architecture, University of Limerick

Grainne Hassett Is a practicing architect, Senior Lecturer and member of the Advisory Board at the new School of Architecture, University of Limerick (SAUL). Her practice, Hassett Ducatez Architects founded in 1995 is committed to architectural research through practice. In August 2025, Grainne founded The Calais Builds project, and to date has designed, organised, or build tome the major community infrastructure of Calais refugee camp. Grainne’s architectural and academic practices have received accolades including the prestigious Kevin Kieran Award (OPW and Arts Council of Ireland). She is currently Graham Willis visiting Professor at school of architecture Sheffield University.
Dr. Stephen Roddy

Dr. Stephen Roddy

Composer/Performer, Sound Artist and an Irish Research Council, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Stephen Roddy is a Composer/Performer, Sound Artist and an Irish Research Council, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He holds a PhD in Sonification: the science and art of representing data with sound, from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds a B.Sc in Music Media and Performance Technology and an M.A in Music Technology from DMARC at the University of Limerick. His current academic research employs mixed methods strategies in the development of creative sonification systems for large-scale IOT networks. These systems employ communicative and effective sonification mapping strategies which exploit listeners’ embodied cognitive faculties to create rich sonic experiences of the original data source. His academic work has been widely disseminated through conferences and peer-reviewed publications. His artistic work includes installation, data–driven music and sonification, guitar-based performance, acousmatic compositions and collaborations with dancers, choreographers, traditional instrumentalists and other sound artists. It explores the phenomenology of embodiment and how the relationship between body and mind influences sound making activities. Stephen’s concert pieces and live works are performed nationally and internationally. Recent performances include the Helicotrema Recorded Audio Festival in Venice, the Contemporary Music Centre’s Salon Series at the National Concert Hall of Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival’s Embodied at the GPO and the Sonorities Contemporary Music Festival.
Annmarie Ryan

Annmarie Ryan

Lecturer in Marketing at the Kemmy Business School

Annmarie Ryan is a lecturer in Marketing at the Kemmy Business School. Her research interests relate to interaction and relationships in business networks, the relations between business and non-profit organisations and more recently in Market Studies and use of ethnography to understanding market interactions and innovation. She has recently been awarded a number of research grants from the Irish Research Council which has funded her work on the Interaction between business and the arts, and specifically interdisciplinary collaboration. Her work has been published in Marketing Theory, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Management, European Journal of International Management, International Journal of Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Marketing and the Irish Marketing Review.

Marie Parker-Jenkins

Marie Parker-Jenkins

Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Limerick, and co-founder of the Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice.

Marie Parker-Jenkins is Professor of Education in the School of Education, University of Limerick, and co-founder of the Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice. Before having an academic career in the UK, she taught in Bermuda, Canada and Australia where she obtained practical knowledge of working with children from culturally diverse backgrounds. She has taught in seven universities in 3 countries and the overall theme of her research is that of Social Justice, drawing on human rights law, issues of equality, ethnicity and school leadership which she has published in over 100 books, articles and conference papers. Her doctoral research involved study at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg where she researched litigation related to education policy. This led to publications on children’s rights and the implications for professional practice, and she has given a number of international keynote addresses related to this area of study. Similarly, she has assumed positions as visiting professor and academic scholar in residence at James Cooke University & the Universities of Sydney & Victoria, Australia; Uppsala University, Sweden; the University of Warwick, UK and Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka. She has also provided workshops on leadership, citizenship and community for public sector employees, for example, in police training academies. Her last books focused on critical pedagogy and development education at local and global level (Peter Lang 2012, co-author Mags); and the expansion of faith schools, particularly those based on an Islamic and Jewish ethos (IoE, Uni. of London Press, 2015).