Maynooth University launches week to celebrate staff and students as it marks 20th anniversary

Events include Leonard Cohen lecture and members of the public are welcome

Leader reporter


Leader reporter


Maynooth University launches week to celebrate staff and students as it marks 20th anniversary

Maynooth University has announced its first ever Maynooth Week will take place from April 14 to 20 and feature a wide range of activities, including lectures, musical recitals, and exhibitions.

The aim of Maynooth Week is to celebrate the University’s staff, students and its diverse community, all of whom embody the spirit of the institution through their intellectual contributions, their commitment to innovation in teaching and research, and their commitment to creating an exceptional learning environment.

The week also will shine a spotlight on the University’s partnership with the local Maynooth community, celebrating the unique and mutually beneficial relationship between the institution and the town.

Maynooth Week is part of the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Maynooth University as an independent university on 16 June, 1997.

Maynooth Week kicks off on Saturday, April 14, with the Maynooth University 2018 Festival of Food Sovereignty, a day-long event that examines how to best create a sustainable food system and features talks, workshops, music, art and activities for kids. The day will begin with an opening lecture from Jun Borras, Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

Monday, April 16, will see Professor Jane Gray of Maynooth University’s Department of Sociology present her lecture, ‘Lineages of class and community: How Irish family practices create social change.’ Part of the university’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series, Professor Gray’s research examines how Irish families use relationships to improve their social standing and effect social change.

Also taking place on Monday is a provocative lecture by Professor of Law at Auckland University, Professor Timothy Kuhner titled, ‘American Kleptocracy: Explaining Trump.’ In his presentation, Professor Kuhner will discuss how Trump came to power and the true nature of his regime.

Other highlights of the week include a lecture by Professor Philip Rosemann, Department of Philosophy, titled, ‘Leonard Cohen, Philosopher.’

Prof Rosemann will delve into the rich philosophy contained within the music of Leonard Cohen on Wednesday, April 18, focusing on what he sees as particularly Irish themes in one of Cohen’s later works, ‘Steer Your Heart.’

Thursday, April 19 includes the launch of The Country House Revived, an exhibition on the survival and revival of Irish country homes, and the launch of Women and the Country House, a volume of essays edited by Professor Terence Dooley, Professor Christopher Ridgeway and Dr Maeve O’Riordan.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the above events, as well as a number of others taking place during Maynooth Week.

Commenting on Maynooth Week, President of Maynooth University Professor Philip Nolan, said: “Through this academic year, Maynooth University has celebrated the 20th anniversary of our founding as an independent university. In those two decades, the University has grown into a dynamic, research-intensive university that is providing an exceptional educational experience for 13,000 students from around the world.”

Maynooth Week is our chance to celebrate all of the staff, students, alumni and the local Maynooth community that have made this university the outstanding place it is today.”

For more information on Maynooth Week, and details on how to register to attend events, go to