Forthcoming Events

This information section is part of Dóchas Wednesday News, which also includes job openingsvolunteer posts and sector coursesseminars and events. Please use the menu links on the right to navigate through the different sections.

(1) Screening of ‘Home’: 23 January, 6pm, Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

'Home' follows three young Palestinians from East Jerusalem. Muna, 19, dreams of becoming a famous journalist. Since she was a child she has been video documenting evictions in her community of Sheik Jarrah. Najef, 26, is making a living by transporting goods on a donkey in narrow streets of his beloved neighbourhood of Silwan, while struggling with the risk of part of his home being demolished. Omar, 20, is a young architect student determined to leave East Jerusalem after graduating. They come from very different parts of Palestinian society, but share the experience of growing up and being young in East Jerusalem and under occupation. 'Home' has been received with critical acclaim, having been selected for the Visions du Reel International Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. The trailer for ‘Home’ can be found here. The screening will be followed by a forum with Batoul Mufreh and Khalil Issa from the Palestinian youth organization PalVision.

The event is free but registration is mandatory - please RSVP here. Contact Jana Foxe with queries at

(2) Volunteer in Africa - Information Evening: 24 January, 6.15pm, St Vincent de Paul Society HQ, 91/92 Sean MacDermott St, Dublin 1

Interested in doing something different this year? You are invited to come along to an information evening on volunteering in Africa with Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM). Hosted by previous VLM volunteers, you will hear first-hand experiences of work with communities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Burkina Faso. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about the placements available to you. Participants of all ages, skills and backgrounds are welcome to attend. The evening will begin with refreshments from 6.15pm.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance: Email or call 087-1397069. VLM is a signatory to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice in overseas volunteering. More info about VLM on

(3) UCDVO Development Film Series 2018: Running from 29 January

The UCDVO Development Film Series includes 5 high quality feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each Monday screening is followed by a guest speaker and refreshments.

Seat bookings should be made in advance of each screening by emailing For programme details, please click here. This event is free of charge and all are welcome. Follow us on facebook for updates and reminders (

(4) Pat Kenny in conversation with… Floating Doctors: 30 January, 6.45pm - 7.45pm, RCSI, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) invites you to attend ‘Pat Kenny in conversation with… Floating Doctors’ in the historic College building, Dublin 2. With Irish Radio and TV Broadcaster, Pat Kenny, at the helm, you will hear from two RCSI graduates who are on a mission to improve healthcare access for those living in the world’s most isolated communities. From earthquake-struck Haiti to the jungles of Panama, Dr Benjamin La Brot, Class of 2006, and Dr Ryan McCormick, Class of 2014, captain ‘Floating Doctors’; a fleet of year-round voluntary crew boats which travel by sea to provide free acute primary care, teach preventative healthcare education and deliver critical medical supplies. Listen to Ben and Ryan share with Pat Kenny their challenges and triumphs aboard ‘Floating Doctors’, and learn about the role that they, and RCSI, continue to play in addressing the disparity in global healthcare provision.

A Drinks Reception will follow. There is no charge to attend. Find out more about Floating Doctors and regsiter online here. Early registration advised as places are limited.

(5) Rights-based policing: How do we get there?: 30 January, 6pm - 8pm, The Wood Quay Venue, Dublin Council Civic Offices, Fishamble St, Dublin

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will host an event to launch our submission to the Commission on the Future of Policing (CFP). ICCL believes that the CFP reform process is a unique opportunity to ensure that the future development of An Garda Síochána is grounded in human rights. On the evening, we intend to open up a conversation amongst relevant and interested bodies about the benefits and practicalities of ensuring the CFP reform process is underpinned by human rights. Speakers will include representatives from An Garda Síochána, GSOC, the Policing Authority, the Garda Inspectorate and the CFP. We will welcome questions from the floor following the discussion.

Register here.

(6) #LASCWeds Talks - 'The Amazonian Legacy of Roger Casement': 31 January, 7pm - 9pm, venue TBC

From the Congo to the Peruvian Amazon, Irishman Roger Casement left a strong and lasting legacy of human rights and environmental protection. Now, more than a century after his execution, LASC looks back over the lingering influence of this extraordinary individual in Latin America.

Speaker: Dr. Brendan Tobin.

Born in Galway, Dr. Tobin qualified as a barrister in Dublin before emigrating to Peru in 1992, where he dedicated himself to the practice of environmental law and Indigenous peoples human rights. Over the past 25 years his work has focused on protection of the lands, resources and traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. In 2012 he was awarded a PhD in Human Rights from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG and in 2014 he published a monograph 'Customary law, Indigenous peoples and Human Rights - Why Living Law Matters'. In July 2016, Dr. Tobin travelled to the Colombian Amazon to retrace the steps of Roger Casement on the 100th anniversary of his death.

For more information, please click here.

(7) The New Debt Crisis: 31 January, 6.30pm, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2

A new global debt crisis is on the horizon. Sparked by a crash in commodity prices, this crisis has already hit countries depend​e​nt on commodities, including Mozambique, and is seen as a warning sign of a bigger debt crisis looming. Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) are holding a talk with Tim Jones of Jubilee Debt Campaign and Humberto Zaqueu of Mozambique Debt Group (by Skype) to learn how this debt crisis is playing out, its impact on communities in Mozambique as well as the campaign for debt cancellation and​ to hold those who lent recklessly to account.

Regist​er for free tickets.

(8) Meet VSO - Learn about Volunteering Overseas: 1 February, 6pm, VSO Office, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

This is a great opportunity for people interested in volunteering overseas to meet and speak with staff and returned volunteers about what it's like to volunteer with VSO. This Meet VSO will focus on upcoming volunteer roles in education. If you or someone you know are interested in education-focused roles, stop by to find out more. 

For more information, please click here.

(9) Erasmus+ Discovery Day - Youth Funding Opportunities: 8 February, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Galway Community Circus, St Joseph’s Community Centre, Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway

Do you work with young people? Are you in Galway? Learn about funding opportunities for projects involving young people. Talk to us about the issues that you are working on and find out about funding that may be available to your organisation. We will tell you about the many types of projects that can be funded under Erasmus+.

Here are some examples:

  • Supporting young people’s right to participation and empowering them to engage with policy makers

  • Supporting marginalised young people, such as young asylum seekers, migrants and others

  • Arts projects involving young people

  • Working with rural people and the issues that affect them

But there are many more possibilities! Join us to find out more. Registration and refreshments from 10am. Please register here to reserve your place. For more information, please contact Pia Janning at or call 018871208.