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Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies

Each academic year, Burns Library welcomes a distinguished scholar, writer or artist who has made significant contributions to Irish cultural and intellectual life. The Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies uses the library's Irish collection for his or her own research, and teaches one Irish Studies course and delivers two public lectures per semester. The presence of a Burns scholar at Boston College has enhanced the intellectual life of the University and proved a tremendous asset to the Irish Studies.


Mary McAleese (Fall 2013 semester) President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011, Mary was Ireland's second female president and its first president from Northern Ireland. As president, she helped bring about an end to "The Troubles", which she had experienced during her youth in Northern Ireland. Mary graduated in Law from Queen's University of Belfast (1973) and was admitted to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1974. She has served as the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of Queen's University of Belfast and as an experienced broadcaster and journalist for Radio Telefís Éireann. Mary and her husband, Martin McAleese, are the parents of three children. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in canon law at the Gregorian University of Rome.

Peter Fallon (2012-2013) Founder of The Gallery Press, Ireland's preeminent literary publishing house. Author of The Speaking Stones (1978), Winter Work (1983), The News and Weather (1987), Eye to Eye (1992) and News of the World: Selected and New Poems (1998).

Dermot Keogh (2011-2012) Professor of History and Emeritus Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies, School of History, University College, Cork, Ireland.

Nicholas Allen (2011 Spring semester)
National University of Ireland, Galway

Francis Martin Carroll (2010 Fall semester)
University of Manitoba

Thomas Bartlett (2009-2010)
University of Aberdeen

Diarmaid Ferriter (2008-2009)
University College, Dublin

Brendan Kennelly (2007-2008)
Trinity College, Dublin

Tom Garvin (2006-2007)
University College, Dublin

Maria Luddy (2005-2006)
University of Warwick

Gerry Dawe (Spring 2005)
Trinity College, Dublin

Mick Moloney (Fall 2004)
New York University

Peter Gray (Spring 2004)
University of Southhampton

Margaret Kelleher (2002-2003)
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Breandán Ó Buchalla (2001-2002)
University College, Dublin

Dr. Patricia Donlon (2000-2001)
Former Director of the National Library of Ireland

Professor Paul Bew (1999-2000)
Queen's University Belfast

Nuala Ní Dhomhaill (1998-1999)
Poet, author

Dr. Bernard Meehan (Spring 1998)
Trinity College, Dublin

Professor Alvin Jackson (1996-1997)
Queen's University, Belfast

Dr. Kevin Whelan (1996-1997)
Director of the Keogh Center for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Timothy O'Neill (Spring 1995)
Calligrapher, historian

Sean Ó Túama (Fall 1994)
National University of Ireland, Cork

Professor Maurice Harmon (1993-1994)
University College, Dublin

Professor Margaret Mac Curtain O. P. (1992-1993)
National University of Ireland, Dublin

Alf Mac Lochlainn (1991-1992)
Former Director of the National Library of Ireland