50 Years of Union: Celebrating Ireland in the EU: A Conversation on EU-IRE Relations Now


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on map )

Final Poster Ireland Eu 50 Years Ni Kni

In May of 1972, 83% of Irish voters elected to join the European Union in 1973; 50 years later, many Irish still see themselves as proudly European, with approval ratings for the EU remaining near 86%.

To celebrate the golden 50th anniversary of Ireland in the EU, panelists will discuss how much this union has changed the island of Ireland. Among other topics, the panelists will speak from their unique perspectives and provide commentary on Irish culture, language, and climate, thinking about how the EU has helped to develop these areas in Ireland, and where the future could be for Ireland in the European Union.

Please join the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies as we welcome the Irish Consul General Kevin Byrne, and other guest panelists for this celebration!     

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  • Kevin Byrne

    Kevin Byrne
    Consul General of Ireland to Chicago

  • Gráinne Malone ‘25

    Gráinne Malone ‘25
    Anthropology and Peace Studies

  • Connor Marrott '25

    Connor Marrott '25
    American Studies and Irish Studies

  • Clíodhna Ní Chorráin

    Clíodhna Ní Chorráin
    Irish Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, 2022-23

  • Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Moderator

    Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Moderator
    Assistant Director for Doctoral Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies