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Talks and Presentations

  1. Pictures of the OMEP Ireland presentation to Professor Francis Douglas on his retirement, October 2009. (please click here)
  2. Powerpoint Presentation of Professor Francis Douglas’ talk to the Irish Family Day Care Organisation (IFDO) in July 2009 (please click here)
  3. Pat O Connor’s reflections on the OMEP World Conference in Lagos Nigeria (please click here)
  4. Professor Francis Douglas gave his Valedictory Lecture at University College Cork on November 27th, 2009, to mark his retirement as Professor of Early Childhood Studies, UCC. Please click here to view the lecture (as a Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation).



European Conference 2016: The Place of the Child in 21st Century Society,
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England, 5 -7 May, 2016.
For more information, please Click here


68th OMEP World Conference 2016, Seoul, Korea, July 4-8, 2016.

Theme: Transforming early childhood systems for future generations.

For more information, please Click here.


The 2016 OMEP Ireland Conference Change and Challenge in the Early Years took place on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at University College Cork. For Book of Abstracts 2016 - Please Click here


Annual Conference 2012

OMEP Ireland's Annual Conference took place on Saturday, April 28th in the River Lee Hotel. The theme was Seeds of Quality: The Journey Forward for the Early Years. This Conference was a great success. Please click here to see some pictures from the day.


EGM 2012

An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on February 26th 2012. At this meeting, it was agreed that the OMEP Ireland financial year will be changed. The OMEP Ireland year is now April 1st-March 31st. Therefore, the next AGM will take place at the Conference in April 2013


Annual Conference 2011

The OMEP Ireland Annual Research Conference was held Saturday, April 2nd 2011 in the River Lee Hotel (formerly Jurys), Western Road, Cork. The theme of the Conference was "Childhood Unfolding". To see the presentations of the papers on the day please see the list below. For some photographs, please click here.


Annual Research Conference 2011 Presentations

Damien Walshe - Children and Technology

Lorraine O'Connor - Crisis Intervention for Preschool Children in Women's Domestic Violence Refuges

Dr Audrey Dunngalvin - Food Allergy Matters'

Eileen McDermott - Practitioner Role in ICT as a Learning Tool in ECE

Edel Daly - Significant Early Infant Care Giver Relationships

Sharon O'Driscoll - Experiences of Junior Infants in Multigrade Classrooms

Professor Mary Kellett - Facilitating Young Childrens Voices in Contemporary UK Society

Dr Mary Daly - Evaluation of Impact of the National Childminding Initiative


To see a selection of pictures of Conference delegates from the Conference in UCC on 26th/27th March 2010 please click here


AGM 2010

At our Annual General Meeting, which was held on Thursday, September 30th 2010, Fergus Finlay, CEO Barnardos Ireland delivered a very interesting and thought provoking key note address. We thank Mr Finlay for speaking to the AGM and wish him well with his future endeavours. Dr Anna Ridgway, presented Mr Finlay with copies of An Leanbh Og, a book on the history of UCC and a donation on behalf of OMEP Ireland, towards the work of Barnardos Ireland. To see pictures click here.


Dr Anna Ridgway's term of office as President came to an end at the AGM. Anna thanked the OMEP Committee for their work over the years and wished them well for the future. Dr Mary Hogan, Patron of OMEP Ireland, thanked Anna for her contribution to the work of OMEP Ireland. To see pictures click here. Dr Maura Cunneen was elected as the new President of OMEP Ireland.


Dr Denice Cunningham and Patricia Radley attended the World Meeting and Conference in Gothenburg in August. Please click here for a short reflection on their time there.


Ms Pat O'Connor has analysed the information from the Education for Sustainable Development project which OMEP Ireland undertook as part of the OMEP World project. We would like to thank Pat and all those who took part in the project for all their hard work. To read this very interesting report, please click here.


Earlier this year, Childminding Ireland celebrated Childminding Week. Please click here to see pictures of the event and please see here for further information on the work of childminding Ireland.


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