"irish studies" blog posts

Confronting a 'dark and painful reality': the Mother and Baby Homes Report

Posted on: 18 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Flowers left at the site of the Bon Secours, Mother and Baby Home, Tuam

Postgraduate research student Lucy Simpson-Kilbane discusses the Mother and Baby Homes Report, Ireland, published earlier this month following a five-year inquiry.


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.


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.


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.


How the Institute’s “Agreement” exhibition came about (Ken Bartley, ArtisAnn Gallery)

Posted on: 29 November 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

As all good winter’s tales begin... it was a crisp, frosty Christmas Eve when I bumped into old friend and colleague Prof Pete Shirlow, Director of The Institute of Irish Studies, as he strolled along Belfast’s Ormeau Road. Since our days, many years ago, working at Queen’s University, Pete was now running a major “Arts for Reconciliation” research project, while I was the co-owner of the ArtisAnn contemporary art gallery in Belfast. We chatted about the potential for an exhibition to mark 20 years of peace in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.


Watch the Inaugural Seamus Heaney Lecture

Posted on: 31 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

On Thursday 17 October 2019 the Institute of Irish Studies welcomed Professor Louise Richardson (Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford) to deliver the inaugural Seamus Heaney Lecture. The event was introduced with a recital of Seamus Heaney's poetry by Adrian Dunbar (actor, screenwriter and director).


Professor Frank Shovlin visits the University of Notre Dame, USA

Posted on: 15 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Professor Frank Shovlin writes about his recent visiting fellowship to the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA.


Viking Wirral on Wheels Bike Tour

Posted on: 16 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

The ‘Viking Wirral on Wheels’ cycle tour was the brainchild of Craig Pennington, organiser of the Future Yard music festival at Birkenhead in August 2019 and Don Maclean of Ryde bicycle cafe in Liverpool. Dr Clare Downham provides an overview of the day.


Five things to do during Welcome Week

Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Liverpool skyline - photo by Charles Pragnell from Pexels

Welcome Week kicks off on Monday, giving new students the opportunity to get to know their new flatmates, explore Liverpool and settle in before they start lectures. Take a look at our top five tips to help you get started with university life.


Women and military power in the tenth century

Posted on: 30 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

In Game of Thrones and Vikings, viewers have seen representations of women warriors and military leaders in medievalesque settings, but how accurate is this a reflection of women in the past? Dr Clare Downham from the Institute of Irish Studies explains.


'The Singer's House' by Seamus Heaney - Poetry Day Ireland

Posted on: 2 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Frank Shovlin

In this video, Prof Frank Shovlin explains his close connection to 'The Singer's House' by Seamus Heaney and reads this wistful poem for Poetry Day Ireland.


Highlights from our Prince of Wales and President of Ireland visit!

Posted on: 14 February 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Prince of Wales meeting the crowd

We were excited to welcome the Prince of Wales and President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins to the Victoria Gallery and Museum on campus this week, to sign a joint patronage agreement for the Insititute. Before the signing, they were happy to meet the crowds waiting outside, as well as chatting to staff, students, alumni and many more guests inside the gallery.


Bertie Ahern on the Good Friday Agreement, Brexit and a United Ireland

Posted on: 20 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Bertie Ahern

Following the 11th Dr John Kennedy CBE KSG KCMCO DL DHI Lecture in Irish Studies given by Bertie Ahern, we sat down with the former Taoiseach to discuss the Good Friday Agreement, the impact of Brexit on relations between Ireland and the UK, and the prospect of a United Ireland.


Irish Studies students visit Western Approaches War Museum

Posted on: 10 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Western Approaches visit

On 5 December, students in Dr. Arrington’s War Writing class (IRIS326 ENGL488) visited Western Approaches, Liverpool’s Second World War Museum, housed in the top-secret bunker under Derby House from which Admiral Max Horton, Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy, won the Battle of the Atlantic. One student, a native of Liverpool, commented, “I had no idea it was even here!”


London and Economic Migration

Posted on: 13 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

University of Liverpool in London

During a recent two-week stay in London organised and funded by the Department of Histories, Languages and Cultures, a group of undergraduates, including Lewis Braithwaite, tackled the topic of economic migration to the capital. They approached the subject from various perspectives, and Lewis focused on ‘the Irish experience’ in the twentieth century.


"I will look back on it as a watershed moment in my life" — Institute of Irish Studies MA student Ronan Gerrard interns with The London Magazine

Posted on: 25 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

The London Magazine

Before Ronan Gerrard graduated from the University of Liverpool with a joint degree in English and Irish Studies in summer 2018, he benefited from two weeks of work experience at Britain’s oldest literary periodical, The London Magazine. In their long history stretching back as far as 1732, the magazine has boasted contributions from the Romantic poets Shelley and Keats to 20th century masters such as Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Discover some of Ronan's experiences of working with the publication.


Sinn Féin leader, Mary Lou McDonald: "Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement are incompatible"

Posted on: 9 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin leader, Mary Lou McDonald talks reconciliation, Brexit and what the ‘Repeal the Eighth’ result says to the world about modern Ireland, in this video interview, ahead of her keynote speech at the University.


Refugees and forced displacement in Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles

Posted on: 2 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Black and white photo of people unpacking belongings

My research, funded by the 2017/18 Busteed Postdoctoral Scholarship at the Institute of Irish Studies, sheds light on the often-overlooked experiences of people who suffered displacement during the Northern Ireland conflict.


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.


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.


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.


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

Creative networking

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

Bombings plaque blog

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!


Colm Tóibín on Liverpool, Brooklyn and using memories in his work

Posted on: 31 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Colm Tóibín portrait photo.

Celebrated writer Colm Tóibín kicked off the final day of our inaugural Liverpool Literary Festival 2016. Find out his thoughts on Liverpool, his novel 'Brooklyn' and how he pieces together his work, in this exclusive video interview.


James Joyce: novelist or poet?

Posted on: 5 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Portrait photograph of James Joyce

James Joyce is often better known for his influential novels, such as 'Finnegans Wake', but for National Poetry Day we wanted to delve into Joyce's poetry.


Top six reasons to study Irish Studies at University of Liverpool

Posted on: 20 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Snow Patrol onstage in Holland.

Why come to University of Liverpool for your Irish Studies degree? Here are our top six reasons:


A handy guide to our 2016 Open Days

Posted on: 16 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

University of Liverpool -  Your open day journey

An open day is a great opportunity to meet with your future lecturers and current students, who can give you a unique insight into your course, the University and Liverpool itself. So here's our handy guide to some of the highlights of our open days - join us on on Saturday 24 September and Saturday 8 October 2016.