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.

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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

A warm welcome to our Irish visitors this semester.

Irish novelist, Claire Kilroy, holds the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies in the Spring of 2015.  She will give a public reading on St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17, in the Connelly Center Cinema.

Eoin McEvoy the University College, Dublin, continues this semester to teach Introductory Irish II and Intermediate Irish to Villanova students.

Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec, Director of the Villanova Center at the National University of Ireland, Galway, is on campus this semester teaching two courses!  Failte romhat Mary!

We also have four McGuinn Scholars studying at Villanova this semester.  Two come from the University College, Dublin, and two from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Cead mile failte romhat!