Congress 2016

1916-2016: the changing face of Europe and its media

Brexit: Its implications for Europe


The AEJ Irish Section has been awarded the Congress which will take place in Kilkenny on 3rd, 4th and 5th November, 2016.

The conference will be held in the Rivercourt Hotel, overlooking Kilkenny Castle, with delegates arriving on Thursday, 3rd November, and departing on Sunday 6th November.

Congress 2016

An International Delegation

The AEJ International Congress attracts upwards of 60 delegates from across member States annually. Ireland last hosted the Congress in 2007. It had previously hosted Congress in 1988 (Dublin) and 1977 (Dublin-Galway).

A Momentous Year

It is planned to showcase as much of Kilkenny and surrounding region during the delegates stay and we have free time to facilitate this. The year is also special because of the year of celebration and reflection of a momentous period in nation building.

Opportunity to Reflect

The three days of Congress in Kilkenny will provide them with the opportunity and material to assess and reflect on how Ireland faces into its second century as an independent State and its emergence from the economic crisis.

Congress  and General Assembly 2016

Thursday, 3rd November

Delegates arrive at the Rivercourt Hotel, Kilkenny

Friday, 4th November

9.30am: Welcome

Morning session: 10am

Brexit and its implications for Europe

Speakers: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan TD.

British Ambassador Robin Barnett

AIB Bank Chairman, Richard Pym

Stephen Collins, Political Editor, The Irish Times.



Lunch 1pm:  Rivercourt Hotel

Guest speaker: Mairead McGuinness Vice President of the European Parliament

Afternoon Session: 3pm-5pm

1916-2016, the changing face of Europe and its media

Mark Little, Founder of Storyful,  and Vice President for media in Europe and Africa for Twitter.

Brendan Keenan, Broadcaster and Columnist.

Mark Duncan (RTE Century Ireland project).

Giles Portman, Head of the East Stratcom Task Force of the European External Action Service.

Saturday, 5th November


AEJ reports and General Assembly.

(Restricted session for delegates)

Lunch: 1pm Rivercourt hotel.

4pm: Optional itinerary including walking tour of medieval Kilkenny

7.30pm: Arrive Kilkenny Castle for tour and reception.

8.30pm: Farewell dinner hosted by Glanbia..

Sunday, 6th November

Delegates depart

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