Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and Maynooth University(MU) are hosting a series of events to celebrate the life of the late Mayo priest Micheál Mac Gréil, and his life’s work, as part of Social Justice Week.

An tAthair Micheál Mac Gréil SJ, who died in January 2023, was a member of the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University from 1971 to 1996, renowned as a gifted teacher and an outstanding researcher.  A staunch Mayo man, he made an extraordinary contribution to the West of Ireland through his research and advocacy and community action. Three upcoming events celebrate his life’s work:

On Thursday, 7 March, 10 to 12 noon, Maynooth University will host a discussion titled “Prejudice and Tolerance in Ireland” with Professor Jane Gray, Professor Emeritus Tony Fahey, Martin Collins, Pavee Point and Niamh McDonald, the Hope and Courage Collective.

On Friday, 8 March, 10 to 12 noon, ATU, Mayo campus (Castlebar) will host an event titled “Remembering Michea̒l: Colleague, Academic and Social Activist”. Contributors include Professor Mary P Corcoran, Maynooth University, Dr Mark Garavan and Eoghan Murphy ATU, Professor Emeritus Paddy Duffy Maynooth University.Dr Deirdre Garvey, ATU Head of Dept of Environmental Humanities & Social Science, will chair the event which takes place in Room P002 (F23X853).

On Saturday 9 March, Westport, an event called “Ag Ceiliúradh Michea̒l Mac Gréil” will take place in the Town Hall. A Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Westportat 10am followed by a gathering in the Town Hall at 11am with a presentation by Éamon Ó Cuív TD on working with Micheál Mac Gréil.

This will be followed by participatory discussion, poetry and song. This event is facilitated by journalist Liamy Mac Nally with a word of welcome from Pádraig McGreal, brother of Micheál’s.

 Two of the events (7 and 8 March) although free require registration -


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