29th June 2011
6.30pm – 7.30pm Early Registration
7pm – 8.30pm Welcome Reception, Plassey House, University of Limerick
The conference organising committee is hosting a Welcome Reception on 29th June 2011 at 7.00pm to welcome all delegates of the conference. This reception dinner will be held in Plassey House a 19th Century Mansion in the Palazzo style which has close associations with two noted Anglo-Irish Families – the Maunsells, friends of Cardinal Newman and the Dalys, who in the 1860s were considered the largest millers in Western Europe.
Thomas Maunsell named his estate in honour of his distinguished relative, Clive of India, following his victory in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 which marked the domination of India and the development of the British Empire. The house was built with a view towards the Tipperary and the Clare hills and the estate is considered small at 100 acres.It was in very poor condition when in 1972 the singled it out to house the NIHE.
This background of elegant heritage accommodated the first 100 students in 1972 when the campus was initiated and now houses some of its art collections and the University Club – a meeting place for senior faculty and leaders from enterprise. Splendidly located on the grassy banks of the noble Shannon River, some of the most noted features of Plassey House include its rich stucco work, ornate ceilings and a fountain reputedly uncovered in the excavations of Pompeii in 1763. Art Collection actually belongs to UCC.
30th June 2011
7.30pm – Bus pick up at accommodation
8pm - Conference Banquet Dinner in Carlton Castletroy Hotel, Limerick
The conference banquet is followed by entertainment of Irish Group called Planxty O’Rourke. This is a highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish music, ballads and Irish dancing.
First enjoy the banquet then sit back to be entertained by the very best of Irish ballad bands, the Irish ballad session is interrupted midway by a spectacular dance routine incorporating the best of contemporary and traditional Irish dancing.
After the dancing the band returns to the stage to really let loose. A night of authentically Irish entertainment is guaranteed! Musicians and dancers involve the entire audience in this electric performance.
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