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Searching for Gerard Keenan

Posted on: 10 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Patrick Kavanagh

Kavanagh’s Weekly is arguably the closest literary approximation to a barroom brawl ever put to print. When I first saw the name of Gerard Keenan in its pages, the feeling was akin to the sensation of the corner-eye-sighting of a reflection in a dusty mirror.


Oklahoma, James Joyce and 'The Book of Days'

Posted on: 14 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Oklahoma sign

16 June is Bloomsday, celebrating 16 June 1904, the date depicted in James Joyce’s novel, 'Ulysses'. PhD student, Liss Farrell is researching the brother relationship in James Joyce’s 'Finnegans Wake'. Interested in the interplay between Joyce’s real-life relationship with his brother Stanislaus and the Wake, Liss travelled to the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma to read his diary: ‘The Book of Days’.


Four things to see and do in Liverpool if you're interested in Irish history and culture

Posted on: 11 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Invisible Wind Factory gig space

With Summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to see and do in Liverpool if you're interested in Irish history and culture - from museum trails to live poetry:


Shame, stigma, and the abortion debate in Ireland

Posted on: 24 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Logos

Exploring the stigma and shame surrounding abortion in Ireland, Masters student Rebecca Boast looks at both sites of the debate, in the lead up to Ireland's referendum.


"Building a people’s peace" - Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the SDLP

Posted on: 30 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Women holding a cooking pot

This guest blog by Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the SDLP and former Lord Mayor of Belfast (2014-2015), looks at the challenges facing the city of Belfast and the progress that has been made, influenced by the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.


On the streets of Belfast: entering the “everydayness of violence”

Posted on: 20 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Alley in Belfast

This guest blog by photographer Chad Alexander, who was born in 1990, reveals his experiences capturing images of Belfast and life in the city after the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.


Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!


How Representative was the Representation of the People Act?

Posted on: 5 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Satirical cartoon of Suffragette

As the UK commemorates 100 years since (some) women were given the right to vote, Dr Diane Urquhart considers how 'representative' the 1918 Representation of the People Act was.


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

A group of teenage boys and girls

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Enda Kenny video interview - Ireland's border after Brexit

Posted on: 4 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Enda Kenny

Former Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, talks to us about Ireland's border after Brexit and his vision for Ireland's future.


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    Searching for Gerard Keenan

    Posted on: 10 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

    Patrick Kavanagh

    Kavanagh’s Weekly is arguably the closest literary approximation to a barroom brawl ever put to print. When I first saw the name of Gerard Keenan in its pages, the feeling was akin to the sensation of the corner-eye-sighting of a reflection in a dusty mirror.


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