Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies
The Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Chair was established in 1989 by a generous gift of the Burns Foundation of San Francisco, California. The Foundation was set up by the family of the Honorable John J. Burns, for whom the library is named. A distinguished scholar, writer or artist who has made significant contributions to Irish cultural or intellectual life is brought to Boston College for either a semester or full academic year. The Burns Scholar uses the library's renowned Irish Book and Manuscript Collection for his or her research.
CURRENT BURNS LIBRARY VISITING SCHOLAR IN IRISH STUDIES (FALL 2013)
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. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in canon law at the Gregorian University of Rome.
Previous Burns Library Visiting Scholars in Irish Studies 1991-2012
Peter Fallon (2012 - 2013)
Poet and publisher
Dermot Keogh (2011-2012)
Head of the Department of History at University College Cork
Listen to a lecture [1 hr 45 min] Dermot Keogh gave at the Burns Library on Mar. 28, 2012 entitled "Contrasting Studies of Irish Catholic Intellectuals in a Revolutionary Age, 1908-1919." Introductory remarks [approx. 3 min] were given by Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., University Professor of History and Executive Director of the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College. Response by Professor Joseph Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish Studies and Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU.
Listen to a lecture [1 hr 32 min] Dermot Keogh gave at the Burns Library on Nov. 16, 2011 entitled "Ireland’s Relationship with the Holy See Reconsidered – From the End of the Civil War (1923) to the Papal Visit in 1979." Introductory remarks [approx. 3 min] were given by Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., University Professor of History and Executive Director of the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College. Response by Reverend Liam Bergin, Rector, Pontifical Irish College, Rome.
Nicholas Allen (Spring 2011)
Moore Institute Professor, National University of Ireland, Galway
Below, you can listen to a lecture [51 min] Nicholas Allen gave at the Burns Library on March 1, 2011 entitled "Jack Yeats and the Picture of Ireland." Introductory remarks [approx. 5 min] were given by Robert K. O'Neill, Ph.D., director of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.
Francis Carroll (Fall 2010)
Professor Emeritus of History, National University of Manitoba
Below, listen to a lecture [61 min] Francis Carroll gave at the Burns Library on November 1, 2010, entitled " 'I thank God I have lived to see this day': The Official Visit of the First Irish Free State Leader, W. T. Cosgrave, to the United States in 1928." Introductory remarks [2 min] were given by Dr. Michael Cronin, Academic Director of Boston College -- Ireland.
Thomas Bartlett (2009-2010)
Professor of History, National University of Ireland
Video from Front Row: Ireland and the British Empire, 1690-1800
John F. Deane (Spring 2008)
Irish Poet and Fiction Writer
Below, listen to a poetry reading [1 hr] John Deane gave at the Burns Library on April 8, 2008. Introductory remarks [6 min] were given by Robert K. O'Neill, Ph.D., director of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.
Brendan Kennelly (Fall 2007)
Listen to a poetry reading [1 hr]* Brendan Kennelly gave at the Burns Library in October 2007. Introductory remarks were given by Robert K. O'Neill, Ph.D.
Tom Garvin (2006-2007)
Professor of Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.
View video from Front Row.
Maria Luddy (2005-2006)
Professor of History at the University of Warwick.
View video from Front Row.
Gerald Dawe (Spring 2005)
Poet literary critic; Director of Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, Trinity College, Dublin.
View video from Front Row.
Mick Moloney (Fall 2004)
Professor of Music and the Irish Studies, New York University
Peter Gray (Spring 2004)
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Southampton
Margaret Kelleher (2002-2003)
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, National University of Ireland - Maynooth
Breandán Ó Buachalla (2001-2002)
Formerly of University College, Dublin
Patricia Donlon (2000-2001)
Former Director of the National Library of Ireland
Paul Bew (1999-2000)
Historian, Political Scientist, The Queen's University Belfast
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (1998-1999)
Irish poet, author
Bernard Meehan (Spring 1998)
Keeper of Manuscripts, Trinity College, Dublin
Alvin Jackson (1996-1997)
Historian, The Queen's University Belfast
Kevin Whelan (1996-1997)
Historian, geographer; Director of the Keogh Center for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
Timothy O'Neill (Spring 1995)
Seán Ó Tuama (Fall 1994)
Irish language scholar, National University of Ireland, Cork
Maurice Harmon (1993-1994)
University College, Dublin, Professor of Literature, literary critic and author
Margaret MacCurtain O. P. (1992-1993)
Historian, National University of Ireland, Dublin
Alf Mac Lochlainn (1991-1992)
Film and literary critic, bibliographer, cultural historian and novelist who served as director of the National Library of Ireland
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