Irish Studies at Boston College

Boston College has had a long tradition of engagement with Ireland and its culture. The university was founded, in part, to educate the children of Irish Catholic emigrants in Boston. The Irish Studies program at Boston College began in 1978 and is one of the leading international centres for Irish Studies.  Boston College offers academic programs for students in Irish Studies and the Irish Studies program hosts lectures and conferences open to members of the Boston College community and the public. Gaelic Roots hosts Irish music and dance events. The Burns Library has an outstanding collection of Irish books and manuscripts. The Burns scholar program enables the university to welcome leading international figures in Irish Studies to the campus for a semester or a year. The McMullen Museum regularly hosts Irish-related exhibitions. BC Ireland is Boston College’s home in Dublin, Ireland.

James Murphy

Boston College Irish Studies Welcome


"John Hume: His Vision and Legacy for Ireland"

"John Hume: His Vision and Legacy for Ireland"

A day-long symposium during which four panels will explore Hume's major contributions to advancing civil and human rights and the crucial role he has playing in shaping the Irish peace process. The event includes the American launch of "John Hume: In His Own Words", Four Courts Press.

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April 28

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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