Séan Ó Tuathaigh and Suad Aldarra

DBF-2019-EventImages-600x900.inddIn Conversation with Bryan Fanning

In Association with EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Thursday 14 November

Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Annie Moore Room, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ Building

€7/€5 concession Booking essential, places are limited


What would you do to survive? What sacrifices would you make in order to reach a better life? Séan Ó Tuathaigh’s book Outlanders (Mercier Press) features stories of ordinary people from around the world who have fled extraordinary situations: war, ethnic persecution, gang violence. Suad Aldarra worked as a Software Engineer in Damascus until her life changed with the Syrian conflict and was forced to flee the country for Egypt in 2012. Suad will tell the story of life before being forced to leave her home, her journey and her new life in Ireland today.

Suad and Sean will be in conversation with Bryan Fanning, Professor of Migration and Social Policy at UCD and author of Migration and the Making of Ireland (UCD Press).



Séan Ó Tuathaigh was born and raised in Sligo and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at TCD. Before that course, he taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam. After graduation, in 2016, he moved to the US for 18 months, where he worked as a refugee biographer in a resettlement agency. From that experience came Outlanders.

Suad Aldarra is a Syrian Data Scientist and Lead of Techfugees Chapter in Ireland. She studied and worked as a Software Engineer in Damascus until her life changed with the Syrian conflict and was forced to leave the country by the end of 2012 heading to Egypt. In 2014, she moved to Ireland to start a new life where she worked with Fujitsu Ireland and then UNICEF Innovation office. Today, Suad holds a Master’s degree in Data Analytics from NUI, Galway. Her project RefugeesAre.info, won Techfugees Global Challenges Awards 2018 and is a finalist at the European DatSci & AI Awards 2019.

Bryan Fanning is Professor of Migration and Social Policy at University College Dublin. He has published extensively on immigration and social change in Ireland. His previous books include Racism and Social Change in the Republic of IrelandHistories of the Irish FutureIrish Adventures in Nation Building and as editor, Studies: An Irish Century 1912–2012.