"liverpool" blog posts

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.


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:


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!


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.


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.


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!


Beat stress and visit these top places to chill out in Liverpool

Posted on: 16 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man in a gallery

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


Bubbly and celebrations at our winter graduation 2016

Posted on: 13 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Students drinking bubbly at a reception event.

Celebrating with our graduating students is always special and last week was no exception when we held our winter graduation reception.


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: