Irish Studies

Welcome to Irish Studies

Irish Studies at Saint Mary's University is an interdisciplinary program focused on the study of Ireland and its peoples, with particular emphasis on language, history and culture. Politically, the island offers a unique case study in colonialism, decolonisation and the growth of European union. In Irish Studies, students can explore issues of nationalism, race, gender, class, globalization, and diaspora. Students may travel to Ireland to learn the Irish language and/or study at select Irish universities. Our goal is to promote intercultural learning, language proficiency and cultural sensitivity, whilst teaching academic literacy to a high standard.


  • Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin. Photo by: Shannon Doane

  • Professor Orla McCague is pictured here at Coumshingaun Lake in County Waterford.

  • Independence Music Festival in Cork; this was taken at the fair in August 2019.

  • Down the road from Kilmainham Gaol is Oliver Cromwell's Quarters. Photo taken by Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail.


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poster D'Arcy McGee Lecture 2021 Doireann Ní Ghríofa


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