The center, located in a meticulously renovated building at 42 St. Stephen's Green in Dublin's historic Georgian Square, will provide a permanent location for BC's Irish Institute, as well as an in-country resource for the University's Irish Studies Program, Burns Library and international student programs.
"The opening of the Boston College Center in Ireland is a natural extension of our commitment to working with the Irish people in both Ireland and Northern Ireland." said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "For us, it also has great symbolic meaning as it represents a recommitment to the homeland of BC's Jesuit founding fathers who invested so much of themselves in establishing Boston College 137 years ago."
Boston College administrators regard the center's establishment in the building, which was constructed in 1745 and purchased in April of 1999, as the next logical step for BC as the leading American university in Ireland.
"The Boston College Center for Irish Programs will provide invaluable resources for the University in its outreach to political, business and educational leaders in both the Republic and Northern Ireland," said Campanella. "It will also serve as a tremendous resource to BC faculty and students both graduate and undergraduate."
Other Boston College representatives at the dedication ceremony were Irish Programs Executive Director Thomas Hachey, Irish Institute Director Sean Rowland, Irish Studies Director Assoc. Prof. Kevin O'Neill (History), Burns Librarian Robert O'Neill and Prof. Marc Landy (Political Science).
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