St. Patrick’s College Thurles To Host Symposium On Ethics

Dr. Mary Shanahan.

Dr. Mary Shanahan.

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, in association with the Irish Philosophical Society, are due to host a one-day symposium entitled “An Ethics for/of the Future,” in the College on Friday 15th March from 09.30 am to 5.30 pm.

The event is being organised by Thurles native, Dr. Mary Shanahan, who lectures as part of the College’s Religious Studies Department.

Speakers at the symposium will ponder and speculate on evolving ethical values with an eye to the future. This topic will be examined from various perspectives incorporating areas such as philosophy, theology, education, politics, psychology, law, equality studies, disability studies and nursing studies. The symposium promises to be an exciting and enriching event for all those attending.

Speaking on the event, Dr. Shanahan commented that “the symposium presents an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in engaging in dialogue about ethics, about what it means to live as ethical individuals and, more importantly, about what it means to live as an ethical society. We have been incredibly lucky to secure Professor Gerard Casey of UCD as our keynote speaker. Professor Casey is a noted academic and well-known public figure who will be delivering what will undoubtedly be an engaging paper: ‘The Inescapability of Ethics‘. In addition, we are also very pleased to be collaborating with the Irish Philosophical Society on this project.

College President, Fr. Tom Fogarty said that “as a College of Education with a vibrant Religious Studies department this symposium affords us a very welcome opportunity to invite academics and the public at large to the College to share in what promises to be a very enlightening and informative occasion.

Booking enquiries should be directed to Dr. Mary Shanahan, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, either by email ( or by telephone (0504 21201). Additional information can be found by visiting the College website,

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