Dingle to host 65 speakers at international university conference this week

From left, Oliver Murphy (IT Tralee), Brendan Murphy (CIT), Cllr John Brassil (KCC), Brendan Tuohy (Draíocht), Laura Niesen De Abruna (Provost, SHU), Brendan Ó Duill (UCC) and Seán Pól Ó Conchúir (SHU, Dingle).

American third level institute Sacred Heart University are hosting a major international conference in Dingle this week.

65 speakers will attend the conference entitled ‘Sea, Land, and Spirit: Coastal Environment in the West of Ireland’ at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, which begins today (Monday) and concludes this Thursday.

Institute Technology Tralee is also participating in the conference.
Sacred Heart University Connecticut have operated a study abroad programme in Dingle with over ten years and are in the final stages of purchasing the Christian Brothers School in Dingle to develop a permanent campus.

The campus building will support semester programs in nursing, coastal and marine science, communications, tourism and hospitality, as well as short term courses in ecology, anthropology, music, Celtic traditions and history, film, sports marketing, tourism and psychology.

Rupendra Paliwal Provost of Sacred Heart University and Dr Oliver Murphy, President of Institute of Technology at Tralee signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year formalising their collaboration on programs of study with SHU.

The ‘Sea, Land, and Spirit: Coastal Environment in the West of Ireland’ conference is taking place this week at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.