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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 2: Emer O'Neill - October 18, 2020

The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Season 2, Episode 1: Lillis O Laoire - September 24, 2020

The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Episode 6: Ciara Ní É - June 8, 2020


The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Episode 5: Freya McClements - April 29, 2020

The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Episode 4: Owen McCafferty - April 27, 2020

The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Episode 3: Maurice Fitzpatrick - February 26, 2020

The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Episode 2: Jill McCorkel - November 22, 2019

The Center for Irish Studies at Villanova University Podcast Series Episode 1: Emilie Pine - September 25, 2019

Digital Events


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)

Caitlin Warbelow and Chris Ranney Musical Performance

Alasdair White and Anna Colliton Musical Performance

Caitlin Golding and Garrett Coleman Dance Performance


FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

The Villanova Center for Irish Studies hosted a father/daughter duo, Seán Tyrrell and Áine Tyrrell to bring you a live concert, "Like Father Like Daughter."

Digital Library


Joseph McGarrity Collection

The collection of personal papers, books, and newspapers of Joseph McGarrity.Digitization Status: Ongoing.

Additional information here


Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Philadelphia Collection

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.

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Cuala Press Broadside Collection

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. 


MacSwiney Club

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.

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Philadelphia Ceili Group

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


Rambles, Travels, and Maps

Here reside narratives of  wanderings real or imaginary, travel guides, charts, and maps.  Digitization Status: Ongoing. 

Digital Exhibitions

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.

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Joseph McGarrity: Man of Action; Man of Letters

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

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Chaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844

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.


Jack Butler Yeats: Drawings & Illustrations

This exhibit focuses on the drawings and illustrations of Jack B. Yeats found in Special Collections materials. Digital Installation: January 14, 2009. Curated by: Róisín Corry Roche

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Rambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland

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.

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To Strike for Freedom! The 1916 Easter Rising

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.


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