The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Season 2, Episode 5: Award-winning Irish actor of stage and screen Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is our guest on this episode of the podcast. Best known in Ireland for his role as Nigel 'Nidge' Delaney in the RTÉ One series Love/Hate and known internationally for his role as Ebony Maw in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Tom sits down for a chat about theatre, film, and the arts with his friend and the 2021 Villanova Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies, playwright Hannah Khalil - March 1, 2021
Center for Irish Studies Digital Resources
Villanova University's Special Collections in Falvey Library houses the Joseph McGarrity Collection of Irish literature and historical texts. Below are selections from the McGarrity Collection that have been digitized. Below are links to Irish materials in the digital library and digital exhibitions created through Falvey Library by faculty, staff, and students drawing from Villanova collections with Irish materials. For more information please click on Villanova's Special Collections.
The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Season 2, Episode 3: Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the Villanova Center for Irish Studies, Dr. Jim Murphy, reads his Irish-American memoir, A Child’s Christmas in Brooklyn - December 5, 2020
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
Virtual St. Patrick's Concert
with Lunasa members Kevin Crawford (flute), Patrick Doocey (guitar), Cillian Vallely (Uilleann pipes); Karan Casey and Niall Vallely; Eileen Ivers and her band Caitlin Golding and Garrett Coleman; Joanie Madden (from Cherish the Ladies) and Dylan Foley (fiddler extraordinaire)
Since its inception in Philadelphia in 1771, the Society of The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick has been an active, vibrant organization within the Irish community. Members meet quarterly in the Philadelphia area to conduct Society business, share fellowship and experiences of common heritage. The Society has always been non-denominational, welcoming members from all religious backgrounds.
The Society exists to promote Irish culture, education and provide aid. It performs these duties in the form of scholarships and benevolence, as well as through events and activities. Digitized materials include: correspondence, programs, benevolence documentation, and publications.
An almost complete collection of limited editions of books and broadsides printed by the Cuala Press (formerly the Dun Emer Press). This Irish press published many important writers from the early twentieth century. Digitization Status: Completed.
The MacSwiney Club evolved from Camp 100, Clan-Na-Gael and was officially organized in Jenkintown in 1935 although minutes bearing the name go back to at least January 1926. It was named in honor of Terence MacSwiney (1879-1920), Irish patriot, statesman, and martyr. Originally located at 222 Old York Road, the club purchased its current facilities at 510 Greenwood Avenue from the Loyal Order of Moose, and moved there in 1946. For many years the MacSwiney Club was home to the Timoney Irish Dancers, and Irish music and dancing were regular events.
The Ceili Group is devoted to the promotion and perpetuation of Irish music, dance and culture in Philadelphia and throughout the Greater Delaware Valley. If you'd like to learn about upcoming local Irish music and cultural events, with a special emphasis on the many wonderful music and dance presentations sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group, then this is the place to find it. Villanova University's Digital Library archives the music of the Group's past festivals and makes Irish song and dance freely available to the community in inline audio and video and downloadable formats.
Digitization status: Ongoing
Our latest online exhibit, “Rediscovering T. A. Daly: Immigrant Voices in Poetry,” is now available, just as April’s National Poetry Month draws to a close. The exhibit explores the life and works of Thomas Augustine Daly (1871-1948), a native and lifelong Philadelphian; an Irish-American and a Catholic; a journalist, poet, and prolific author; and an early Villanova University alumnus. These items are also available in the Digital Library, while the exhibit provides context around the poetry—written mainly in Italian-American and Irish-American dialect—for which he was best known.
This exhibit explores the lesser-known side of the influential Philadelphia-based Irish republican leader Joseph McGarrity as a man of letters. Digital Installation: July 12, 2012. Curated by Brian J. McDonald
Travel back in time to the Philadelphia Riots of 1844 from Villanova University's Digital Library. Digital Installation: December 8, 2011. Curated by Karla Irwin.
Take a tour through Ireland in this exhibit of Irish travel writing from the Joseph McGarrity Collection of Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 19, 2010. Curated by: Laura Bang.
A commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising that highlights its American connections using materials from the Joseph McGarrity Collection. Digital Installation: March 16, 2015. Curated by: Staff
Collaborating with Century Ireland
Villanova is a proud contributing partner in The Century Ireland project, an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago. The project is maintained by Boston College and RTÉ, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster.