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Center for Irish Studies

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Villanova’s Irish Studies Program was founded in 1979 and elevated to a Center in 2016 thanks to the generosity of the Connelly Foundation. The Center for Irish Studies provides innovative courses in seven disciplines open to all University students to study Ireland and its diaspora. 

The Center recognizes its role at Villanova University, founded by Irish Augustinians in Philadelphia in 1842, to explore the global dimensions of the Irish experience.  Irish Studies provides students in all colleges the opportunity to participate in vigorous conversations about Irish identity, history and culture through our multidisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies.

The Center sponsors two Villanova student groups—the Irish Cultural Society and the Irish Dance Team—and collaborates on events with local Philadelphia and Delaware Valley Irish-American groups, such as the Consul General of Ireland, the Irish Immigration Center, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Philadelphia Ceili Group, and the Irish American Business Chamber and Network.  

Irish Language Classes Available!


Fall 2022 Irish Language Course Registration

Intro to Irish Language 1 will run on Monday evenings from 6:00pm-7:30pm: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 & 12/5, and will include 7 live sessions. This non-credit course fee is $750.

Our Fulbright Irish language instructor, Sarah Gallagher, will be teaching our CPS run, online Irish language courses during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Register through CPS. For assistance with registration, email

New Hire Position Available

Villanova University will hire a permanent faculty member to teach Irish language and culture at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the fall of 2023. The 9-month position will be located in the Center for Irish Studies and the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies with opportunities to run study-abroad programs in Ireland in the summer. Please view the full job description.

Contact Information

Villanova University
SAC Room 105E
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon
Phone: (610) 519-4647

Associate Director,
Dr. Jennifer A. Joyce
Phone: (610) 519-8953

Administrative Assistant, 
Kiersten Ludy

Phone: (610) 519-7517