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Welcome to the Department of English Language and Literature.

The department teaches over 400 undergraduate students across a range of modules in English literature, English as a foreign language and teaching English as a foreign language.

The department runs two taught MA programmes, one in English Language and Literature and one in Applied Linguistics.

To date, we have graduated 42 PhD students and members of the department have published a significant number of books, chapters and articles in academic journals.

All of our activities are to be found in these pages, and this link to our Departmental Handbook (see below), will provide all the information you need about who we are and what we do. The Department uses Cite It Right 4th edition  for all referencing conventions.  This can be downloaded here: Cite It Right 4th edition.pdf


All relevant information concerning the undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate courses and programmes, stylistic preferences, assessment criteria, guides to critical writing, policies on plagiarism and faculty research in the Department are to be found in the Departmental Handbook, which can be downloaded here:

Departmental Handbook 2017-2018.pdf

For current students, all of the timetables and booklists for Semester 1, 2017-2018, can be found below.

Timetables and lecture Rooms:

Timetables All Years Semester 1 2017-2018.doc

Booklists for the first semester of 2017-2018  for all of our undergraduate modules and for the Taught MA in English Language and Literature can be found here:

Undergraduate Booklist 2017-2018 Semester 1.docx

Taught MA Booklist 2017-2018 Semester 1.doc

Course Outlines for Semester 1 Modules:

First YearEH4711 Intro to Lit 1 2017-2018.doc

Second Year

EH4713 Development Mod Drama 2017-2018.doc

EH4734 Novel in 20th C 2017-2018.doc

Final Year

EH4717 Lit Modernism 2017-2018.doc

EH4727 Interpreting Lit 2017-2018.doc

Second Year BEd Elective

EH4727 Interpreting Literature B.ED Elective 2nd Year - Course Outline.doc

 Sibéal Conference:

A very successful conference was held in the Department on March 9th. It was part of the Sibéal network ad was entitled: Mum's the Word: Voicing the Female Experience in Popular Culture, and was organised by two of our PhD students: Jade Dillon and Adele Hannon.

Pictured are: Dr Eugene O'Brien (head of department), Adele Hannon (conference organiser); Dr Sorcha Gunne (NUIG) keynote speaker, and Jade Dillon (conference organiser)

The Department was delighted to graduate 4 PhD students in 2016

Pictured above, with their supervisors are (from left to right):

Dr Kathryn Laing, Dr Kieran Harrington (graduating), Dr Tony Fleming (graduating), Dr Anne O'Keeffe, Dr Anne Nash (graduating), Dr Brian Devaney (graduating), Dr Eugene O'Brien and Dr John McDonagh.

Members of the department published 4 books in 2016:


Ireland and Ecocriticism: Literary, History   and Ecological Justice, by Eóin Flannery was published by Routledge in 2016



Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker:  A Study of the Prose, by  Eugene O'Brien,     was published by Syracuse  University  Press in 2016       

The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances: The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney, edited by Eugene O'Brien, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press, in 2016

The Art of the Caveman: The Poetry of Paul Durcan, by John McDonagh, was published by Cambridge Scholars Press, in 2016





 Dr John McDonagh and Dr Eugene O'Brien en route to the graduation ceremony. 


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