Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Irish Culture & Society

The Center for Irish Programs, under the leadership of Director James H. Murphy, encompasses all Irish initiatives at Boston College including the University's Irish Studies program, the Irish Institute, the Burns Library Irish Collections, Boston College Ireland in Dublin, and the Gaelic Roots Program.

Boston College was founded, in part, to educate the sons of Irish emigrants who had settled in Boston. Today, the Center for Irish Programs continues this important mission. Through links within the academic, business, non-profit, and government communities of Ireland and America, the Center seeks to support and connect the many Boston College students, alumni, and friends with an interest in all things Irish.

Our Boston College Ireland facility in Dublin is host to numerous academic, civic, and political leaders of prominence from Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United States, and Great Britain. 


 
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Events

Fulbright Scholar Professor Chen Li presents "Irish Studies in Asia"

Fulbright Scholar Professor Chen Li presents "Irish Studies in Asia"

Irish Studies has become, over the past decade, a budding and fast-growing academic field in China with impressive achievements in institutional development and scholarly research.

January 25

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

The Civil War Letters of Florence Burke, An Irish Famine Immigrant

The Civil War Letters of Florence Burke, An Irish Famine Immigrant

Book presentation and donation ceremony with local author Ellen B. Alden who has written an historical novel which includes a collection of American Civil War letter from hier Irish great, great, grandfather, Florence Burke.

January 31

7:00 PM

Niall Vallely Lecture & Concert

Niall Vallely Lecture & Concert

Niall Vallely possesses a unique approach to playing the concertina and has established himself worldwide as one of Ireland’s most significant musicians and composers. Since the early 1990s Niall has worked at composing traditional-style tunes.  His tunes have been recorded on more than 75 albums while some of them have become ‘standards’ throughout the world. Over the past year he has released albums of new compositions and had premiere performances of new music at Liberty Hall, Dublin and the Market Place Theatre, Armagh.

February 22

6:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Donal Ryan, Public Reading and Talk

Donal Ryan, Public Reading and Talk

In his Boston College debut, award-winning novelist and short story author Donal Ryan will read from a selection of his works.  Donal's forthcoming novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, scheduled for release by Penguin Random House in July, tells the story of three men, each searching for something they have lost; a lover, a brother, a Syrian homeland.

February 22

4:30 PM

Comhfhios Boston College

Comhfhios Boston College

The Irish Studies Doctoral Students of Boston College, in conjunction with the Center for Irish Programs, are pleased to launch Comhfhios Boston College, an annual conference emphasizing new theories, new media, and innovative approaches to Irish Studies. Comhfhios, meaning “knowledge together” or “open to all knowledge,” invites emerging scholars in Irish Studies to gather in Boston, share research projects, and generate new discourses within the discipline. This year will focus on the concept of “Living Irishness”: topics can include pop culture, cross-culture, new materialisms, the everyday, and representations of what it means to live or perform Irishness. Featuring a keynote address by Angela Bourke (Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD) and a presentation by Richard Kearney (Philosophy, BC), the day-long event will also include a panel presentation and a “unconference” roundtable. Comhfhios Boston College will conclude with a reception and special performance.

February 24

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Commemorating the Centenary of Irish Women's Enfranchisement 1918-2018

Commemorating the Centenary of Irish Women's Enfranchisement 1918-2018

The winning of women's right to vote was among the great social and political changes of the second decade of the twentieth century in Ireland. Marie Coleman, Queens University Belfast, will present a talk that explores the origns and consequences of the enfranchisement of women.

March 20

4:30 PM

Gaelic Roots Concert with "Open the Door for Three"

Gaelic Roots Concert with "Open the Door for Three"

"Open the Door for Three" is a road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians. The group mines books, collections, and readings for old and new tunes, adding to their discoveries with new arrangements and the signature sound of good friends playing great music together.

March 22

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Is There An American School of Irish History?

Is There An American School of Irish History?

This symposium, hosted by Burns Scholar Professor Jason Knirck, will bring together a number of Irish historians working in the United States to discuss their ongoing work on Irish politics and culture.

April 07

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Burns Scholar Lecture, "A Loyal Opposition? The Development of Parliamentary Opposition in the Irish Free State"

Burns Scholar Lecture, "A Loyal Opposition? The Development of Parliamentary Opposition in the Irish Free State"

Professor Jason Knirck traces the ways in which political opposition developed under the difficult circumstances of the decade after the winning of Irish Independence. A brief reception will follow.

April 18

4:00 PM

A Gaelic Roots concert with Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely

A Gaelic Roots concert with Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely

Cillian Vallely, uilleann pipes and low whistle player from Armagh in the north of Ireland, and Kevin Crawford, an exceptional flute, whistle, and bodhran player, have joined forces to create a critically acclaimed album, "On Common Ground:. They will be joined by up and coming Irish acoustic guitarist Patrick Doocey.

April 19

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

"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.

April 28

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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