Conference: Towards Resilient Community Media

This conference will run from 13-15th June, 2019. See below for logistics and additional information for the benefit of attendees.

General information

Confirmed guest speakers include:

Conference fees

We are working to make the conference experience accessible, inclusive, and enjoyable for all participants. Thanks to funding support from NUI Galway (the College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic studies Research Support Scheme) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, we are able to keep registration fees at low levels.

  • Full rate: €50 (those with full-time academic contracts)
  • Concession rate: €20 (students, those in part-time or precarious academic positions, others for whom the full rate would pose a financial hardship)
    You can register at our Eventbrite page now.


Galway is on the west coast of Ireland, about two hours from the capital Dublin. The conference will be taking place in the Hardiman Research Building, beside the main library, on the NUI Galway campus.

Getting to Galway

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) is the largest airport, and there are frequent direct buses from the airport to Galway city.
    • Public bus company Bus Éireann: (about 3hrs 45mins on the X20 service, about 4hrs 10min on the number 20 service):
    • Private bus companies take about 3hrs: CityLink and GoBus
  • Shannon Airport (SNN) is closer to Galway, but smaller (and with fewer transport options).
    • The X51 express bus service (from Bus Eireann) passes through the airport five times daily, and take 70 minutes to get to Galway. The 51 is an hourly service that reaches Galway in 110 minutes.


Campus Acccomodation

The on-campus accommodation at NUIG is available for short-term bookings during the summer months. We will shortly have a promotional code to allow online booking from the block of reserved rooms for conference attendees.

Accommodation Rates – Goldcrest Village
  • €52 per single en suite room per night including continental breakfast
  • €90 per double en suite room per night including continental breakfast
  • If you CLICK HERE TO BOOK using PROMO CODE: HUMANITIES, delegates will be accommodated together with other attendees in single or double en-suite bedrooms sharing contemporary-style apartments.

More information on the web:  or by email.


(Quote ‘Community Media Conference – NUIG rate’ to get rates below)

  • Maldron Hotel Sandy Road has a limited number of rooms. The rates for Bed and Breakfast are €89 (Thursday 13th), €144 (Friday 14th, or Saturday 15th). Call +353 91-513-200 to avail of this rate.
  • Clybaun Hotel ( has limited availability. Conference delegates can available of the NUIG corporate rate for single occupancy B&B: Friday is €165.00 and the Saturday is €195.00.
  • Harbour Hotel ( is fully booked on Thursday 13th, and has a limited number of rooms available on 14th. Their rate for conference delegates would be €189 B&B per double room (sole use) on 14th.
  • Forster Court Hotel has limited availability, but if delegates contact them directly by email ( they will be offered the best available corporate rate.

(Draft) Programme

The overall structure of the Friday sessions looks as follows:

9 a.m. – Opening session, with guest speaker Rosemary Day

10 a.m. – Panel 1: John Walsh (w/Rosemary Day); Nicola Jones; John Walsh (w/Brian Greene); Andrew Ó Baoill

11:30 a.m. – Guest speaker: Hildegarde Naughton TD, Chair Oireachtas Committee on Communications

12 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. Panel 2: Salvatore Scifo; Jolene Mairs Dyer; Jerry Padfield; Sergio Ricardo Quiroga

3:00 p.m. – Guest speaker: Katie Moylan

4:00 p.m. – Panel 3: Lawrie Hallett; James Hamilton; Roselyn vona Dughudje; Laeed Zaghlami (by video)

6:00 p.m. Conference dinner