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Institute of Irish Studies


The Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Institute of Irish Studies was launched in 2015 with the aim of establishing a strong and significant national and international footprint in the developing areas of Irish Studies.

Dr Eugene O’Brien, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies; Acting Vice President - Academic Affairs and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at MIC, said that the institute's goal is to establish the College as "a locus for a distinctive style of Irish Studies" for scholars, academics and teachers.

“MIC has a significant profile in many areas in the arts and humanities, and this new institute will allow academics from the different disciplines to combine in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary structure which will offer new perspectives on issues in Irish culture and society.”

Prof. Brian Ó Conchubhair, from the Keough-Naughton Irish Studies Institute in the University of Notre Dame and Vice-President for the American Conference for Irish Studies, launched the MIC IIS stating: “It is both apt and fitting that Limerick—a city steeped in history, whose motto is 'Cuimhnigh ar Luimneach'be home to a world-class institute for Irish Studies that is dedicated to not only remembering but interrogating the multifaceted, multi-layered meanings of Irishness."

The IIS regularly hosts lectures and seminars on issues of Irish culture and society, and is also in the process of designing conferences and summer schools in the area of Irish Studies.

 Institute of Irish Studies
Institute of Irish Studies
Director of the MIC IIS, Dr Eugene O'Brien & Prof. Brian Ó Conchubhair at the IIS launch in 2015
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Associated Programmes

Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies

The Institute recently announced the launch of an exciting new Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies aiming to provide a suite of modules that are focused on contemporary issues in Irish society, politics and culture. The focus is on contemporary Irish studies, and how, specifically, the study of a series of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas of the Irish experience can lead to a clearer understanding of the Ireland of today, which will be a baseline for the study of the Ireland of the future. The modules are delivered by experts, all of whom have a track record in publishing in their respective fields. 

Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century

Join us for the virtual launch of Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century on 8 April at 5pm

Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century
Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century
Launching on 8 April

Publisher Peter Lang will host a virtual launch of Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century, a new book edited by Dr Eugene O’Brien, Head of English Language & Literature at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and Dr Eamon Maher of Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).

This is the 100th volume in the Reimagining Ireland Series, edited by Dr Eamon Maher.

Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century will be launched by Professor Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies in University College Dublin. A letter of endorsement from his excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, will be read out at the event, and His Excellency M. Vincent Guérend, French Ambassador to Ireland, will also speak at the event.

"The multi-disciplinary interventions in this volume brilliantly succeed in revisiting and interrogating the field of Irish Studies, broadening its ambit, and mapping trajectories for future engagement. This is an insightful and explorative collection that expertly takes stock of Irish Studies whilst driving it forward." - Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies, University College Dublin

"This milestone hundredth volume in the series contains essays that reimagine the potential future of Irish Studies in a new century and is remarkable for its diversity, disciplinary range, and dash." - Joe Cleary, Professor of English Studies, Yale University

The launch will take place via Zoom on Thursday, 8 April at 5pm.

To attend the launch, click here. (Meeting ID: 865 8201 3004; Passcode: 748372)

To view the book's table of contents, click here.


Watch Dr Eugene O'Brien speak about Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st Century here

Watch Brian Murphy speak about his chapter in the book, Drinking Spaces in Strange Places: New Directions in Irish Beverage Research. View here.

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Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st-Century
Catherine Maignant speaks about Religion in Irish Studies
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Reimagining Irish Studies for the 21st-Century
Dr Eamon Maher speaks about the Reimagining Ireland series
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