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Video: In Conversation with Nana Nubi, Author of the Nigerian Heritage Colouring Book

Posted on: 27 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Nana Nubi holding a copy of her book Nigerian Heritage

The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool was delighted to present Nana Nubi (Founder of the 'Alpha Project' Ireland, author of 'Nigerian Heritage') in conversation with Jacob Hussain (final year undergraduate in Irish Studies) in a live online discussion during Black History Month 2020.


Welcome to Liverpool! 5 tips for Irish Studies students new to University of Liverpool

Posted on: 26 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Irish Studies students and lecturer discussing books

Welcome week runs from 28 September – 2 October 2020 and is set to be a little different this year, however there are still tons of events and tools that you can use to interact with the department, explore the city and get to know the University of Liverpool as a new student. Here are 5 tips for Irish Studies students during Welcome Week to get yourself settled and in the know as soon as possible:


‘2020 has given us a new perspective. We need hope’ — the world and home with artist Paul Doran

Posted on: 18 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Artist Paul Doran standing in front of some artwork

This month, Outreach Officer Maev McDaid met with Irish artist Paul Doran, who is enjoying great success with his contemporary abstract art exhibitions.


Historian and journalist Dan Finn talks to the Institute of Irish Studies

Posted on: 15 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Image used on the cover of Dan Finn's book 'One Man's Terrorist - A Political History of the IRA'

Dan Finn is an Irish historian and journalist who works as features editor for Jacobin magazine. He joined Maev McDaid from the Institute of Irish Studies to talk about his book and reflect on some of the ideas around commemoration and national identity. You can watch the full video below and comment your thoughts on the discussion on Twitter: @irishinstitute.


The Letters of John McGahern and the Undergraduate Research Scheme

Posted on: 23 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Professor Frank Shovlin researching the letters of John McGahern

The Undergraduate Research Scheme gave students Lauren Price and Richard Snowden-Leak the opportunity to work closely for a two week period with Professor Frank Shovlin of the Institute of Irish Studies on his major project, The Letters of John McGahern, providing them with a more intimate insight into one of Ireland’s most important literary figures.


Everything You Need to Know About Irish Studies

Posted on: 9 June 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Photograph of Beth Andrew

Hello, my name is Beth and I am a Third Year Irish Studies student at the University of Liverpool. I wanted to provide an insight as to what it is like to study Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, and hopefully answer any queries you may have regarding the course.


Culture and COVID: an interview with Eva O’Connor

Posted on: 29 May 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Eva Claire O’Connor

Earlier this month the Institute of Irish Studies launched Culture Unconfined, an online festival of film, drama, music and poetry. Culture is an important facet in the study of Ireland and the Institute remains committed to supporting and promoting the voices of Irish artists, especially during these unprecedented times. Last week, Maev McDaid from the Institute of Irish Studies caught up with Eva O’Connor, an emerging writer-performer from Ogonnelloe County Clare with a string of accolades to her bow, about life as an artist under COVID.


Revisit the Great Famine Voices Roadshow

Posted on: 5 May 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Great Famine Voices Roadshow

The Institute of Irish Studies was delighted to co-host the Great Famine Voices Roadshow Liverpool on Saturday 2 May with the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and Irish Heritage Trust, supported by our partners Liverpool Irish Festival and the Liverpool Great Hunger Commemoration Committee.


The Best Irish Studies Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

Posted on: 6 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Person with headphones in subway

Looking for a way to learn on the go? Maybe you need a break from reading or you just can’t take sitting at a desk all day. That’s where podcasts come in. An entertaining yet informative way of learning is right at your fingertips. Pick up your phone and choose from the list below of Irish Studies podcasts you just can’t miss.


Emmeline Pankhurst: A Women's History Month Special

Posted on: 6 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

a woman being arrested

Emmeline Pankhurst is an iconic figure in the fight for women’s suffrage in Britain. Through her organisation, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), she campaigned for women’s rights. My research explores the connections between the Pankhurst family and Irish nationalism in Britain. In the case of Emmeline, Irish nationalism provided her with a political education which she publicised in her autobiography My Own Story.


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