Anto Kerins

Anto Kerins is a senior lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Faculty of Tourism & Food, DIT. His research interests include education, learning and service-learning. He has also studied unemployment, training, competitiveness and other subjects and has carried out research projects and written reports for Irish government and European agencies on various topics. His PhD is on education and learning.

He is presently researching the role and purpose of higher education.

He has also been working on what he defines as ‘life-learning’. When not working, he enjoys walking, fishing, photography and baroque music and he recently completed the French Camino.


Anto Kerins has carried out research on higher education and such topics as learning, training and education generally.

He has also researched company survival along with related topics such as competitiveness and company performance. 

In addition, he has studied unemployment and solutions to the problem.  

He has recently been working on what he defines as 'life-learning'. 



Looking Through Reeds Killarney 2003


1014–2014: BATTLE, WAR & PEACE

25 April 2014

St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf

'The practice of peace & reconciliation is one of the most vital & artistic of human actions'* 

1014–2014: Battle, War & Peace was the keynote peace and reconciliation event of 2014, marking both the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 (1914) and the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf (1014), and incorporated poetry, music, scripture readings and Gregorian chant.

"1014-2014 Battle War & Peace" (Viking Ships by Edward Moran)

St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf, is near where some of the bitterest fighting of the Battle of Clontarf took place. The Battle itself was one of the best-known and ugliest battles in Irish history.

The one institution standing since then is the church and there were no parishes at the time, only monasteries. For this reason, the Cistercian Order was invited to sing Gregorian chant. The Cistercians came to Ireland in 1142 when they founded Mellifont Abbey. They were represented by monks from Mellifont Abbey, Mount St Joseph Abbey and Bethlehem Abbey.


"1014-2014 Battle War & Peace" WW1 BattleWhile Clontarf was a brutal and significant battle in Irish terms, WW1 was a horrific war in global terms and the start of a worldwide conflict that returned to us again in WW2 and remains today in various regional and country conflicts.

The Norwegian Armed Forces were invited because there is significant historical evidence of the Viking Age in Norway and because Norway is regarded as an important peacemaker internationally. They were represented by the Brass Quintet of the Royal Norwegian Navy Band and its Director, Commander Truls Sanaker. The Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr Roald Næss spoke at the event and members of the Irish Defence Forces read poetry, in solidarity with those who died in battle.