Upcoming Conference (14th March): Eurovision Unplugged: The Eurovision Song Contest – The Geography, The History, The Votes and The Songs

Eurovision Unplugged: The Eurovision Song Contest – The Geography, The History, The Votes and The Songs

One-Day Conference (11.00 – 3.30), Wednesday 14th March 2018

Room 11, School of Education, Maynooth University (North Campus)

Featuring Contributions from:

  • Zena Donnelly: Ireland’s representative at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (only contestant to write their own composition)– only person to finish in the Top 10 of a Eurovision contest with an entry in the Irish language)
  • Michael Kealy (RTÉ): Irish Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest
  • Padraig Muldoon: Deputy Editor of wiwibloggs – the most-read independent Eurovision website)
  • Johnny Fallon (Carr Communications): Eurovision aficionado
  • Caoilfhionn D’Arcy (Maynooth University): Geography/Music graduate and Eurovision enthusiast
  • Adrian Kavanagh (Maynooth University): Lecturer at Maynooth University Department of Geography, Eurovision fanatic…er analyst
  • And…Members of the Audience

Provisional Conference Timetable:

11.00 – 12.00: Uncovering Eurovision’s Voting Patterns – Input from Adrian Kavanagh, featuring members of the GY310B Geography of Eurovision class, followed by Panel Discussion

12.00 – 1.30: Meet and Greet/Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.00: Audience Participation – the Eurovision Prediction Game

2.00 – 3.30: Panel Discussion – Covering topics such as:

  • Panel members’ personal experiences of Eurovision
  • Panel member’s favourite moments from Eurovision History
  • Ireland and the Eurovision Song Contest
  • Juke Box Jury – the Panel reviews the 2018 Song Contest entries and offer their predictions


How to find the venue:

Maynooth is situated 25km from Dublin city centre. Take junction 7 (signposted Maynooth/Straffan/Naas) off the M4 and follow the signs to Maynooth. Turn left in the centre of the Town, drive straight through the next set of traffic lights and the gates to the South Campus will then be directly ahead of you. To reach the North Campus, take the left in the centre of the town, then turn right, take the next left and the entrance is on your right.


If you are travelling to Maynooth for the Conference, please feel free to contact Adrian Kavanagh for advice on parking etc.

This conference is hosted by EGG (Maynooth) – Maynooth University’s Electoral Geography Group. For further information, please email Adrian.P.Kavanagh@mu.ie or Caoilfhionn.DArcy@mu.ie 


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