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The Mandarin, The Musician and the Mage – John Fanning

September 22, 2023 | 5:00 pm


John Fanning In Conversation with Deirdre Mac Mathuna 

“The Mandarin, The Musician and the Mage” is a thought-provoking book that delves into Ireland’s remarkable resilience and success amidst economic challenges and pandemics. Fanning argues that the seeds of this achievement were sown during a Second Irish Revival in the 1950s and 1960s, where figures like T. K. Whitaker, Seán Ó Riada, and Thomas Kinsella played crucial roles. These individuals, despite their different backgrounds, shared a deep love of Irish culture and embraced global influences in their fields. The book examines the skeptics’ perspectives on Ireland’s embrace of globalization and presents a speculative vision for Ireland’s future.
John Fanning is a renowned author and lecturer in Branding and Marketing Communications at the Smurfit Business School. He has an extensive background in market research and advertising, having worked in London before returning to Dublin to join McConnell’s Advertising.
Deirdre Mac Mathuna is a Teacher of History for 31yrs in Dominican College Muckross Park, Dublin; Former President of the History Teachers’ of Ireland; currently lecturer in History Methodologies in School of Education in Trinity College Dublin.


September 22, 2023
5:00 pm
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