Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Irish Studies Program office located?

The Irish Studies Program Director's office is located in the Saint Augustine Center Room 455. The phone number is (610)519-4647.  Messages and information can also be found in the English Department on the fourth floor of the Saint Augustine Center.  (Directions to campus).

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What can I do with a minor in Irish Studies Program?

The Irish Studies minor teaches students in an interdisciplinary manner about the art, literature, theatre, politics, and history of modern Ireland and its United States diaspora.  The cultural history is rich and varied, and the skills learned in this interdisciplinary minor may be applied to many fields of work after college.  These skills include critical thinking, research methods and writing, presentations, and argument--beneficial to fields as diverse as law, medicine, public relations, non-profit and business managment.  Our faculty are world-class and our courses varied, rich, and engaging.  

The minor also offers students the opportunity to learn the Irish language, both on campus through our Irish language courses and abroad in the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland.  

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What types of opportunities are available in Irish Studies?

Study options are available at major Irish universities on a semester or year long basis. In addition, students may take part in a six-credit Villanova-in-Ireland summer program at University College Galway.  The program also offers the Abbey Theatre Internship and the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio as well as the opportunity to study the Irish language over the summer in Gaeltacht regions in Ireland.  Studiyng under the Heimbold Chair and learning the Irish history of Philadelphia are other excellent opportunities offered through the Irish studies concentration.

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Contact Information

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

Advisor: Interim Director, Dr. Craig Bailey


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!