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Primate to outline education vision at major conference

Archbishop Eamon Martin 

Ireland’s most-senior Churchman is to address some of the major challenges facing Catholic schools in a major conference on education later this month.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will be the keynote speaker at the Dublin conference on October 26 on the theme ‘Where not for faith-based education? Charting the future together’.

The conference will look at themes like the place of faith-based education in a pluralist society, as well as the challenges facing Catholic and other denominational schools.

Other speakers – who will look at issues faced by schools in both North and South – will include Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Prof. Eamonn Conway from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, David Quinn of The Iona Institute, Jonathan Tiernan from the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and Patrick Treacy from Faith in Our Schools.

Among the topics being discussed will be the cultural and political challenges facing schools as well as the place of faith formation and sacramental preparation in schools.


Speakers will explore the relationship between parishes, schools and families as well as the transmission of faith to future generations.

The conference will be held in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel on Thursday October 26 from 9.30am. The conference fee – which includes lunch and refreshments – is €65, but readers of The Irish Catholic can avail of a special early bird offer of just €55 by calling 01.687.4024 (from NI 00.353.1.687.4024) or emailing or register online at