"university" 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.


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!”


"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.


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.


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?


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.


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?