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Spotlighting the Irish Centre Spotlighting the Irish Centre

Spotlighting the Irish Centre

Recently, we met with Irish Studies PhD student, Louise Coyne, to talk about Liverpool’s Irish Centre. In this blog she discusses the history of the Irish Centre and its cultural importance in our society today.

Posted on: 29 November 2023

The Future of the Past with AIThe Future of the Past with AI

The Future of the Past with AI

Across the UK Higher Education, Humanities departments are facing a fresh wave of cuts. The value of disciplines such as history has been undermined by two decades of derision by government ministers.[1]

Posted on: 30 October 2023

Celebrating the HLC GraduationsCelebrating the HLC Graduations

Celebrating the HLC Graduations

On the 21st of July our HLC graduates, dressed in their finest threads, donned caps, gowns and hoods to celebrate the conclusion of their degrees.

Posted on: 25 August 2023

Irish Nurses in the NHS: the Liverpool storyIrish Nurses in the NHS: the Liverpool story

Irish Nurses in the NHS: the Liverpool story

Following the establishment of the NHS in 1948 and given the urgent need to rapidly expand the number of nurses, there was an active campaign to recruit thousands of young Irish women as trainee nurses. Irish Nurses in the NHS is a three-year project that aims to relate the untold stories of these Irish nurses.

Posted on: 5 July 2023

Investigating Medieval Irish RecordsInvestigating Medieval Irish Records

Investigating Medieval Irish Records

This month, June 2022, is the 100-year anniversary of the gelignite explosion at the Record Treasury in the Four Courts, Dublin during the Irish Civil War. Thousands of manuscripts and documents from seven centuries of Irish history were destroyed. A very few survived on the day. But others survived by being held in other locations. Here, Dr Stephen Hewer of the Institute of Irish Studies discusses one such manuscript.

Posted on: 23 June 2022

Beyond Exclusion in Medieval IrelandBeyond Exclusion in Medieval Ireland

Beyond Exclusion in Medieval Ireland

The Institute of Irish Studies’ Leverhulme Fellow, Dr Stephen Hewer, recently published a book on the legal status of different groups in medieval Ireland. The Institute hosted a book launch on 16 March. Here, he details the processes of making the book and some of the major findings.

Posted on: 28 April 2022

A Brief History of St Patrick's DayA Brief History of St Patrick

A Brief History of St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day (17th March) is a global celebration and also a big event in the social calendar of the city of Liverpool with three quarters of the city’s population claiming Irish ancestry. The event is popularly associated with wearing green and drinking Guinness, but what would the real St Patrick have thought of all this?

Posted on: 16 March 2022

Watch the second Annual Seamus Heaney LectureWatch the second Annual Seamus Heaney Lecture

Watch the second Annual Seamus Heaney Lecture

On Thursday 18 November 2021 the Institute of Irish Studies welcomed Professor Roy Foster (Emeritus Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford, and author of On Seamus Heaney) to deliver the second Annual Seamus Heaney Lecture

Posted on: 17 December 2021

Our Favourite Places to Visit Outside of the CityOur Favourite Places to Visit Outside of the City

Our Favourite Places to Visit Outside of the City

Sometimes you just want to take a break from city life, escape for a few hours. We know the feeling! We've put together a few suggestions of where you could go, including some stops along the way. So get your comfy trainers ready because you're about to go on an adventure.

Posted on: 8 August 2021

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