Looking to Ireland’s indigenous Brehon laws, in this panel Róisín Costello will first explore how the status and standing of women in ancient Ireland can help us understand gender based distinctions in Irish law today. Jacob Martin will then use the changing depicitions of priest in irish film post-WWII to examine the diminishing role of Catholicism in contemporary Irish cultural identity.
Róisín Costello is a PhD Candidate in Trinity School of Law funded by the Irish Research Council. She is a contributor to the World Bank Report on Women, Business and her research has been quoted in prominent news publications and published in the European Human Rights Law Review and the Cambridge International Law Journal.
Jacob Martin is a Jesuit priest, comedian and PhD Candidate in Trinity School of Creative Arts. He has performed as a comedian at numerous venues throughout the U.S. and his solo show, Learning to Pray in Front of the Television, was selected as an official entry for the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His book What’s So Funny About Faith, was published in 2012 by Loyola Press.