The Speakers

[Antonio Borza]

Antonio Borza is a member of our Art Department and runs our Pottery Studio. He offers classes to the Evening School and Day school with the Art Portfolio Students. He is a master potter and is looking forward to his live demonstration of pottery throwing for this festival. Antonio has had a long history with Liberties College and has taken part in many cultural events in the city over the years.

[Alan Byrne]

Alan Byrne is a tour guide and historian who lives in Temple Bar. Alan obtained a Masters Degree in History from UCD in 2017 during which time he began tour guiding on a freelance basis. His thesis focused on the Catholic Church and Industrial relations in 1950s Ireland. Since 2018 he has also been employed in a private capacity as a research assistant for an upcoming biography of Charles J. Haughey. In 2020 he qualified with a Fáilte Ireland National Tour Guiding badge from Liberties College. He established AB Tours during the Covid Crisis and began running Dublin tours for locals each weekend.
Public and Private Tours of Dublin Ireland - AB Tours Dublin

'From the Brewery to the Bayno - 150 years of the Iveagh Trust'. Join local historian Alan Byrne on a trip through the history and stories associated with the Iveagh Trust. This online tour will explore some of the places in the Liberties we pass by every day that have a strong association with the Guinness Family and the Iveagh Trust including: The Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Park, The Iveagh Trust and The Iveagh Play Centre ('The Bayno' - now the Liberties College).

[Ruairí Ó Cuív]

Ruairí Ó Cuív is a proud member of the Board of Management of Liberties College. He is a Public Art Officer with Dublin City Council since 2008. Previously he was an independent curator and arts consultant specialising in public art, exhibition curation, evaluation and research. He was director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (1991-96), curator of exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1989-91) and Royal Hospital Kilmainham (1987-89). In 1982 he co-founded Ireland’s first professional art handling and exhibition installation company

" The Power of Learning "
The Power of Learning begins with curiosity, it can be developed by opportunities but ultimately is about encouragement. Join Ruairí Ó Cuív Live as he explores his locality for the curiosities.

[Paula Delaney]

The very talented Paula Delaney has worked as a Tutor at Liberties College for a number of years, she has engaged in working with and creating a variety of Textiles including Felting, Patchwork and Quilting, Lacemaking, Fabric manipulation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Join Paula as she explains all the different techniques used in Heritage Crafts and enjoy the examples of her work and those of her students.

[Nathan Doran]

Nathan Doran is currently studying on the Advanced Actor Training Course at Liberties College. He is an actor and writer and shares a very moving piece of self written poetry; "The Different Minds".

Credits: Theatre

Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - character: Arturo Ui.
Henry VIII - character: Cardinal Wolsey.
St Joan - character: Archbishop of Rheims.
The recruiting officer - character: Captain Plume.

Credits: Screen

HBO Crime reconstruction by peninsula productions - character: serial killer.
Club orange advert - character: Nathan.
Reservoir dogs (remake) - character: Mr pink

Find Nathan Doran on [email protected] Nathan_doran1
Find Nathan Doran on [email protected] Nathan Doran

Join Nathan as he shares a very moving piece of self written poetry; "The Different Minds".

[Maria Gleeson]

Maria Gleeson Design- Consultation Services, Interior/Exterior/Fashion & Textiles products and projects.
Maria has exhibited in the V&A Museum and the RDS showcasing her designs and products. Maria is a designer and graduate of NCAD Fashion and Textile Department, and since completing her post grad in Art and Design Teaching has combined her teaching with her own professional work. Maria has a huge interest in Art History, Historic and Contextual Referencing and Critical Studies and has taught these subject at
Liberties College for over 25 years. She is particularly interested in and focused on knowledge of new trends, new technologies and fabric development in the 21st century. Maria has particular interest and experience and flair with developing techniques in Batik and Silk Painting and she continues to work with students of Art and Design at Liberties College in developing new and innovative techniques and processes.

Join Maria as she explains all the different techniques used in Batik and enjoy the examples of her work and those of her students.

[Julianne Hickey]

Julianne is an Entrepreneur and has been a teacher in Further Education since 2015. She has experience working in various industries such as Hospitality & Tourism, Software, Sales & Marketing, Events & Administion.

Join Julianne on this interactive sample class 'Dealing with Difficult Customers' to learn some great ways to win over difficult customers. Delivering xcellent customer care is simple and helps set your business apart.

[Niall Hickey]

Niall has been working as a Tutor at Liberties College for over 10 years, he has proviously worked for Intel Ireland as an Engineer both in Ireland and the USA.

Join Niall live as he introduces you to Hacking. Be sure your ready to take part and have a Chrome Browser open when joining this sample class.

[Dee Kearney]

Dee has worked with Liberties College for many years as Tutor of the Youth & Community Department, where she also delivers a range of modules relating to youth work and community development.

Join Dee as she talks through the course she teaches and how we at Liberties College have a universal approach to assessment. Take the fear our of learning and being assessed. You CAN do it!

[Linda Long]

Linda has been part of our Administration staff for over 20 years and is delighted to open the doors of the Library to the public for this very special event.

[Eilish McLoughlin]

Eilish has run the Art Department in Liberties College for many years, having joined us from Killester College. She is also involved in liaising with local employers and businesses to identify any training or staff needs they may have and how Liberties College can be instrumental in helping to upskill their existing staff or provide suitably trained staff from among our graduates.

Join Eilish live on an interesting Questions and Answers session where you can ask her anything about Liberties College, its courses, its people, activities and ethos. All questions great and small are always welcome.

[Gavin Ryan]

Gavin is a professional screenwriter, script consultant and lecturer. He has worked with RTE, ZZ Productions, Treasure Entertainment, Samson Films, Tim Palmer, WFE Productions, DSP Productions (NI), Screen Skills Ireland, Filmbase, A Dramatic Improvement and The Irish Writers’ Centre. He has a number of produced credits and a large body of work currently in development both individually and with his co-writer, Mary Kate O Flanagan.

The Shape of Stories explores the way Screenwriters put together the stories of TV and Film. Join Gavin live as he introduces you to this fine art.

[Gary Somers]

Gary Somers is a long standing member of our Art Department and offers Glass Fusing classes to both our night and day school.

[Alan Swaine]

Alan is an accredited National Tourist Guide of Ireland (Fáilte Ireland) as well as a member of ATGI (Approved Tourists Guides of Ireland). I am a native Dubliner with roots going back to the liberties. My background is in Art History and Education which I studied at the National College of Art and Design.

I have been working as a tour guide both nationally and locally since 2013 and have run a wide range of tours from the 1916 Rising, Irish Folklore and a Dublin Sculpture Tour, to name a few. In 2019 I established Dublin School Tours, which is a tour company designed specifically to cater for education groups at second and third level. The idea was to take people in education out of the classroom to experience the city and its history first hand.

Alan graduated from Liberties College with his qualification in National Tour Guiding in June 2020.

Instagram: @dublincitytours

Join me, Alan Swaine, on a recorded Virtual Tour exploring the history of Dublin's Thomas Street. Learn how the murder of an archbishop would give its name to the street. As well as this, we will explore the rise and fall whiskey distilling in the area and touch on the Great Whiskey Fire of 1875. Finally, we will discuss the revolutionary history of Thomas Street from the capture of Lord Edward Fitzgerald to the public execution of Robert Emmet.