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Fall 2014 Events


Villanova Univeristy Presents Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival

Saturday, November 1

The Grand Irish Show featured 8 collegiate Dance Teams, winners of the daytime competitions, March of the Champions, McDade School of Irish Dance, Divine Providence Rainbow Dancers, Pipers, Coyle School of Irish Dance, and live music by the Villanova Haveners.


Peter Fallon

Peter Fallon, Poetry Reading

Tuesday, Novemeber 4
St. Rita's Chapel Community Room
4:00 pm

Poet Peter Fallon has recently published his sixteenth book, Strong, My Love (2014).  Fallon served as inaugural Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2000 and has remained a close friend of the program, reading last here with his friend, the late Seamus Heaney, in 2010.  He is also the publisher of Gallery Books, the most significant publisher of Irish poetry.  In his nearly five-decade career, Fallon has won the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the Irish American Cultural Institute in 1993, was honored by the Irish Times on their Books of the Year list in 1998, and was also recognized by the Poetry Book Society for a translation of Virgil’s Georgics (later published by Oxford University Press in its World Classics Series) in 2004.


Fiach MacConghail

Director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin
“Irish Theatre Today”

Driscoll Auditorium 132
11/10/14 • 7:30 PM

Fiach Mac Conghail has been Director/CEO of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre, since May 2005. He has produced over 100 productions for the Abbey Theatre, at home and abroad, including plays by Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuinness, Marina Carr, Paul Mercier, Mark O’Rowe, Sebastian Barry, Owen McCafferty, Carmel Winters and Sam Shepard including 28 world premieres. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.  He is a founding member of the National Campaign for the Arts. Fiach Mac Conghail is an Independent Senator in the Irish Senate, having been nominated by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2011. He was honored by the French Government with a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013.
For more information: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/newsevents/2014/1028.html

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde

Performance by Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríd

Friday, September 12, 2014

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde is a native Irish speaker from Donegal and a talented sean-nós singer and piper. Last Friday, he visited the Irish Studies Department to share his music with the Irish language students of Villanova and to give them some insight into life in Ireland. Doimnic began with a performance on the uileann (elbow) pipes and then sang for the group. Together, Doimnic and the students translated the lyrics of "An Cailín Álainn" (The Beautiful Girl) and the humorously ill-fated song "An Cailín Rua" (The Red-haired Girl) and the students learned to sing them in the traditional style.

Spring 2014 Events


Eamonn Wall, 2014 Heimbold Chair, Documentary Screening and Interview by Daniel Tobin

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Falvey Speakers Corner

The Irish Studies Program hosted the first screening of the documentary: Your Rivers Have Trained You, based on the life and work of the 2014 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies, Eamonn Wall. The film will be released later this year. There was a discussion on Irish writing in America with Daniel Tobin,Ph.D. following the screening. Dr. Tobin is a professor of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College.


Nova Feis: St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Monday, March 17- March 21, 2014

This St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Studies Program hosted a week full of events and activities, encouraging students to "go beyond the shamrock". The week consisted of dance workshops, film screeings, discussions, and a gaelic football match.


Eamonn Wall 2014 Heibmold Chair of Irish Studies

Thursday, March 13, 2014 in the President's Lounge, Connelly

The 2014 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies, Eamonn Wall, was honored in the Presidents longue March 13th. The Villanova Literary festival and the Irish Studies Department were excited to have a large turnout for the reading and reception. Eamonn Wall read selections of his poetry. He is the author of six collections of poetry and two volumes of non fiction.



James Joyce Birthday Celebration

Thursday, February 4th at Maloney’s of Ardmore  

The Villanova Irish Studies hosted our annual mid-winter get-together of readings, music, and dancing at Maloney’s Public House in Ardmore. The Villanova Irish Dance team performed in addition to professors, students, and members of the Irish Cultural Society. The life and work of James Joyce was celebrated in a grand style.


Fall Lecture Series 2013

Irish Studies & Africana Studies

The Irish Studies Program partnered with the Africana Studies for the Fall Semester of 2013, to provide a series of lectures linking the two areas of study. The semester provided the Villanova Community with informational presentations exposing a connection between the two disciplines that is not always known.


Maria McGarrity: Framed Forever in the Last Century

Monday, November 11, 2013 at Falvey Speaker's Corner

The 9th Annual Senghor-Damas-Cesaire Lecture in Africana Studies brought Maria McGarity, Associate Professor of English at Long Island University to Villanova's campus. Professor McGarity spoke on “Framed Forever in the Last Century: James Joyce and the Dublin Museum Culture in Derek Walcott’s Omeros. The lecture embodied the theme of the semester long events, linking Irish Studies and Africana Studies.


Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan: Two Roads Diverged Program

Monday, October 21, 2013 at Garey Hall Community Room

Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan Mick Moloney, Irish Musician and Folklorist, NYU, and Lenwood Sloan, Pennsylvanian Film Commissioner, presented two lectures that originated at the Irish Arts Center in NYC. The first program was Two Roads Diverged: African and Irish Mornings and Afternoons. The second portion of this program was Two Roads Diverged: Jimmy Crack Corn. This presentation was on October 29, 2013. These unique presentations examined the relationship between Irish American and African American. Moloney and Sloan looked at the cultural fusions, exchanges, and stereotypes that emerged in the Caribbean and Southern communities in the 1650s through to the birth of Broadway and vaudeville.


Colum McCann Reading on Frederick Douglass in Ireland from Transatlantic

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Connelly Center Cinema

Colum McCann, author of Transatlantic (2013) and Le the Great World Spin (2010, National Book Award Winner) read from his latest book Transatlantic. The reading featured the section in his book on Frederick Douglass' time in Ireland. The Connelly Center Cinema had a large turnout to welcome Colum McCann back to Villanova' Campus. 


Dambé: "The Mali Project”: Film Introduced by Ciarán Ó Braonáin

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Falvey Library Room 204

Ciarán Ó Braonáin introduced the film "Dambé: The Mali Project"with Paddy Keenan and Liam O Maonlaí, directed by Dearbhla Glynn. Ciarán Ó Braonáin is the 2013-14 Fulbright Irish Language Instructor. The film embodies the theme of the Fall 2013 Semester joining Irish and Africana studies as Irish Musicians travel on a musical journey through the heart of Africa to Mali. 




J. Michael Lennon: Norman Mailer on Irish- and African-America

Tuesday, September 17 at Falvey Speaker's Corner

J. Michael Lennon, Norman Mailer’s official biographer, commenced the first in a series of lectures as a part of the Irish and Africana cultural studies program. J. Micahel Lennon is the father of Joseph Lennon, Director of the Irish Studies Department. J.M. Lennon began his reading by focusing on Mailer in 1960, as he interviewed John F. Kennedy. He then read from a section in 1974 where Muhammad Ali was victorious in the "Rumble in the Jungle". Students and professors gathered to hear passages from the book that will be released next month.


John Walsh Irish Language Lecture

Thursday, April 4 at SAC 300

Professor John Walsh from the National University at Galway (NUIG) delivered a compelling lecture on the current state of the Irish language in and outside the Gaeltacht.  Covering the present day Gaeltacht as well as discussing new speakers of the Irish language, Professor Walsh has analyzed attitudes and ideologies on present day Irish language use.  Many Irish speakers from the Philadelphia area attended and contributed to an interesting discussion.


Mary O'Malley 2013 Heimbold Chair Reading

Thursday, March 21 in the President's Lounge at Connelly Center

Villanova's 2013 Heibold Cahir Mary O'Malley gave a moving reading of her critically acclaimed poetry on Thursday evening.  Reading from her latest work 'Valparaiso', Ms. O'Malley evoked emotions of her homeland during the rise and fall of its "Celtic tiger" economic period.  Hearty Irish music by Tom O'Malley and Paraic Keane and food made for a lovely atmosphere to hear one of Ireland's most inspiring voices.


James Joyce Party

Tuesday, February 5 at Maloney's Pub of Ardmore

The life, times, and works of famous Irish novelist/poet James Joyce were celebrated in grand fashion at Maloney's in Ardmore.  Professors and students alike gave stirring renditions of Joyce poems and fiction, and live Irish music played all night long.  The Villanova Irish Dancers were kind enough to perform multiple times throughout the evening.  The memory of James Joyce was certainly not forgotten on this night.


Kensington Riots Project Presentation

Monday, January 28 at Falvey Speaker's Corner

The Kensington Riots Project was a collaboration between Arab American youth and artists Jebney Lewis and Maria Moller creating site-based art exploring our country's challenging history of immigration through the lens of the anti-Irish Catholic Kensington Riots of 1844.  The event drew a large crowd and afterward sparked intriguing conversation about our country's foreign policy today.

Contact Information

Irish Studies Program
Villanova University, SAC Room 277
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Advisor: Interim Director, Dr. Craig Bailey

Email: craig.bailey@villanova.edu

Administrative Assistant/ Events Assistant

Joyce Harden
SAC Room 277

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News & Events

Visitors from Ireland

We welcome our new Irish Studies faculty this year.

Irish novelist, Glenn Patterson, will hold the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies in the Spring of 2016.  He will give a public reading on St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17, in the Connelly Center Cinema.

Dr. Mary Mullen, Assistant Professor of English, has joined Villanova and will be teaching courses in Victorian and nineteenth-century Irish literature.  Look for her Core Literature and Writing Seminar, which also counts for the Irish Studies minor.

Siobhan Murray comes to us from Cork and is teaching courses in Irish language this year, Introductory Irish I & II and Intermediate Irish.  Failte romhat Siobhan!

Also, Dr. Craig Bailey of the History Department will be serving as Interim Director of Irish Studies this year, while Dr. Joseph Lennon is on sabbatical in Ireland and Italy.

Cead mile failte romhat!