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Irish Institute for Catholic Studies


Situated within Mary Immaculate College, a third level Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts, the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, research-oriented and community engaged network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism and its contribution to culture and society in Ireland and beyond. 

Our Mission

We develop distinctive intellectual capital by studying the long and rich Catholic tradition in a spirit of scholarly rigour and academic freedom. We engage with the intellectual contribution of Catholicism to the philosophical, theological and societal debates, past and present, as well as the expression and embodiment of a Catholic sensibility in fine arts, literature, architecture and music. We facilitate interdisciplinary research within Mary Immaculate College and forge links for inter-institutional research at national and international level.

Our Aims

  • Promote interdisciplinary academic research related to Catholic Studies.
  • Contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion, social movement, body of thought, and material culture.
  • Facilitate academic exchanges worldwide. 
  • Contribute to the academic understanding of Catholic identity.
  • Disseminate knowledge of Catholics and Catholicism through publications, conferences, public lectures and symposia, and public conversations.

The work of the Institute includes:

  1. Academic Research 
  2. Educating Catholic Studies Scholars (A) Establishing an interdisciplinary 'catholic studies' stream in the postgraduate taught programmes of the college, and postgraduate research and (B) Conducting seminars for researchers interested in exploring the Catholic element of diverse research interests. 
  3. Disseminating academic research on Catholic culture and thought through (A) Lectures and seminars, (B) Interdisciplinary conferences and (C) Scholarly publications.

The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies runs a popular Lunchtime Lecture Series and well as other events. Stay updated with the IICS Twitter page.

    Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
    Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
    The IICS is a network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism & its contribution to society
    Coordinator, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
    Dr Patricia Kieran
    +353 61 204965

    International Associate Members

    IICS Associate Members

    • Professor Stephen Mc Kinney, Glasgow University 
    • Professor Susan Docherty, Newman University 
    • Professor Paul Murray, Durham University 
    • Prof. Elżbieta Osewska UKSW Poland 
    • Professor Martin O’Kane, Lampeter University 
    • Professor Liam Gearon, University of Oxford 
    • Professor John Sullivan, Liverpool Hope University 
    • Dr. Ros Stuart Buttle, Liverpool Hope University 


    Coordinators: Dr Patricia Kieran and Prof. Michael Breen.

    IICS Research Assistant (2018-19): Ian Hickey.

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