Irish Studies Program

Irish Studies explores the history and culture of the Irish people from the different perspectives of literature, history, art, politics, and folklore, enabling students to understand the richness of Irish culture. It is a culture which traces itself back to the dawn of Western Civilization when the earliest Celts, who were known to the Greeks and challenged by the Romans, established an art that influenced the early Christians. In the ensuing centuries, Irish culture has continued to influence life in Europe and North America while exploring its own directions.

In our time, a renewed awareness of the historic and mythic past led to the Irish literary revival at the beginning of the twentieth century and contributed to those political upheavals in modern Irish life which continue to reverberate. The Irish Studies minor develops a program whereby students can discover the evolution of twenty-first century Ireland.

The program is open to students from all colleges. Interested students may also study in Ireland either in a Semester Abroad program or with the Villanova in Ireland Summer program at NUI Galway. Details are available in the Irish Studies Office.

Upcoming Events


A Reception For James and Kathryn Murphy
Thrsday, Novwember  12
4:30 P.M.
Speakers' Corner
Falvey Memorial Library

Featuring Poetry Readings By:
Award-Winning Poet and Former Heimbold Chair, Moya Cannon

Please join us to celebrate James ad Kathryn Murphy's palnned donation of 300 signed, first edition Iirsh Poetry books to the Library.

Co-sponsored by the Irish Studies program and Falvey Memorial Library

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!