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Irelandness - by Grammy nominated songwriter, Johnny McDaid

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Songwriter, producer and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies, Johnny McDaid blogs about celebrating his Irish identity and Irish culture.


Video interview: Orla Guerin on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and reporting whilst under fire

Posted on: 30 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Headshot of Orla Guerin

As part of Liverpool Irish Festival, we spoke to veteran BBC news correspondent Orla Guerin about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and what it's like reporting whilst under fire. Watch the video interview to hear about Orla's experiences reporting in the Middle East.


Viking zombies and how to kill them

Posted on: 27 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Illustration of a monster grabbing a man

Viking expert and senior lecturer in Irish Studies, Dr Clare Downham, tells us some gruesome tales about viking zombies and explains what these stories might mean and how they compare to contemporary representations of the undead.


'Life Beyond the PhD' and creative networking

Posted on: 28 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Emma is currently researching a PhD on \"The Roots of Radicalism: Networks, Organisation, and the Irish Revolution, 1913-1919” with us. Here, she is blogging about her experiences as a distance learner.


Terror and the Troubles in English popular memory

Posted on: 4 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Memorial

There is something decidedly uncanny about the emotionally charged aftermaths of the recent terrorist atrocities committed in the Manchester Arena and London Bridge. While journalists and broadcasters, politicians and police chiefs exclaim the unprecedented nature of the attacks, there is a strange familiarity about the widespread invocation of a redemptive ‘blitz spirit,’ calls for tighter security, and of course, the popular attacks on a minority population associated with the terrorists by ethnic designation.


Hidden histories - the role of women in Irish War history

Posted on: 13 June 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Dead Man's Penny

Ailbhe McDaid, PhD and Busteed Postdoctoral Research Fellow, gives us an insight into her research 'Women and War: conflict, bereavement and Irish cultural memory, 1914-2018’.


Stakeknife - The Spy in the IRA.

Posted on: 18 April 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Stakeknife

Irish Studies PhD Candidate Dean Farquhar discusses the BBC Panorama episode 'Stakeknife'.


From Guns to Government: Martin McGuinness, IRA volunteer and Deputy First Minster of Northern Ireland

Posted on: 22 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Martin McGuinness talking

Irish republicanism expert Dr Kevin Bean traces the journey of Martin McGuinness from IRA volunteer to Deputy First Minster of Northern Ireland.


How do people across the world celebrate St Patrick's Day?

Posted on: 17 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

St Patrick's Day parade Leeds - 2017

Dubai. Montserrat. Croatia. Taiwan. Canada. Huddersfield. A diverse list, united by a common factor: at some point during the week around 17 March, each of these places will somehow celebrate the feast day of St Patrick.


Irish writer, John Boyne, talks about his new novel 'The Heart's Invisible Furies'

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man being interviewed

What better way to get inspired about literature during your studies, than to get up close with a New York Times best-selling writer!


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