we need to talk about ireland
An unsung land is a dead land
— Bruce Chatwin

We Need to Talk About Ireland


We Need To Talk About Ireland was a unique 90 minute creative celebration of Ireland’s past, present and future which took place in front of a live audience from The Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House on St Patrick’s Night, Monday 17 March, 2014. The brainchild of independent Irish collective, The Trailblazery, this innovative cultural event challenged some of Ireland’s brightest innovators, thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to explore what it means to be Irish in 2014. Featuring inspiring TED-style talks, interspersed with music, comedy, poetry, film and a large-scale choral spectacle, We Need To Talk About Ireland was produced by The Trailblazery in association with RTÉ Arts and was streamed internationally on RTÉ Player and The Washington Post.


Participants included: Colm O’ Gorman (Director Amnesty International Ireland), Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman {Glenstal Abbey } Martin Hayes (Traditional Musician), Noeline Kavanagh (Artistic Director Macnas), Justine McCarthy (Journalist, Author), Manchán Magan (Author, Broadcaster), Eleanor Tiernan (Comedian), Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill {Poet}, Ruairí McKiernan (Presidential appointee to Ireland’s Council of State, Hitching For Hope), Grace Dyas (Theatre Maker/THEATREclub), Dylan Haskins (Broadcaster, DIY Activist), Bryan Delaney (Playwright, Screenwriter), Pat Collins (Filmmaker), Patrick McCormack (Rural Philosopher) Crash Ensemble, Nina Hynes (Singer/ Musician) Iarla O’ Lionáird (Singer/ Musician), Daithí O’Drónai (Musician/ Loopstation Tweaker) St. Brigid’s Childrens Choir (NS Cabinteely), The Discovery Gospel Choirwith.


The speakers and performers told the story of Ireland, from our ancient past to our potential future, across the 90-minute duration of the live event. The vision of the project was to re-imagine the kind of Ireland we want to fully participate in by evoking new narratives about our social, political, cultural and spiritual evolution on this island and beyond,

As well as being streamed internationally and available on demand for 21 days on the RTÉ Player, We Need to Talk About Ireland was also streamed on The Washington Post www.washingtonpost.com

Partners & Sponsors included: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, RTÉ and The Washington Post.