Irish Studies

Drawing upon the Ireland’s historical and literary traditions, the Stonehill Irish Studies program seeks to develop both a deeper cultural understanding of Ireland and, in turn, a wider understanding of the culturally pluralistic United States.

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“The trip was eye opening. We were able to visit the historical and literary sites that we were learning about. It made the course material come alive.”

- Kaitlyn Nolan ’12 (right), on her Learning Community experience in Ireland

Drawing upon the Ireland’s historical and literary traditions, the Stonehill Irish Studies program seeks to develop both a deeper cultural understanding of Ireland and, in turn, a wider understanding of the culturally pluralistic United States.

Students choosing the Irish Studies minor will draw knowledge from many of the academic programs that are at the heart of a liberal arts education. English courses such as “Topics in Irish Literature” are combined with History courses such as “Ireland: From Colony to Nation State” and Political Science courses that explore (both in the classroom and abroad) Ireland’s system of government.

We Bring Ireland Here & Send Students There

In addition to its core courses, key features of the Irish Studies Program include the study abroad program at National University of Ireland-Galway and internships in Dublin.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in an Irish Studies Learning Community, a combination of two seemingly disparate courses that analyze one set of issues from two points of view. One recent example is an LC titled “Ireland: The Literature of a Nation, the Quest for a Nation.” 

In addition, students benefit from periodic conferences, poetry readings and a guest lecture series, which has brought to campus three Prime Ministers of Ireland and Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney. Other scholars and experts include:

  • Sister Lena Deevey, Irish International Immigration Center 2012, on Irish immigration
  • Edward Forry, Editor, Boston Irish Reporter, 2010, on the Boston Irish community
  • Charlie King, folksinger and historical interpreter, 2010, on the ballad tradition in Ireland
  • Michael Lonergan, Consul General Ireland, on the Irish economy
  • Deirdre NiFhalluin, Vice Consul Ireland, on Ireland and the European Union
  • Dermot Keough, University College Cork, on church-state relations in Ireland
  • Brian O’Donovan, WGBH, host of Celtic Sojourn, on Irish rebel songs and music
  • Verena Cummins, National University of Ireland-Galway, on the evolution of Irish music
  • Louis de Paor, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, on the state of the Irish language
  • John Coakley, University College Dublin, on the state of Irish politics

Special Collection Offers Unique Access to Historic Documents

Stonehill students conducting research also have a unique resource to draw upon in that Stonehill holds the only comprehensive collection of Irish Government Documents from 1922 to 2004 in the United States. In Ireland, these documents are known as Official Publications.