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


Ireland's Global Revolution?

Ireland's Global Revolution?

A lecture by Professor Fearghal McGarry, QUB

In recent years the idea that Easter 1916 forms part of the "seamless robe" that was Ireland's broader experience of the First World War has become widely accepted. This public talk examines how the Easter Rising has come to be remembered in more pluralistic terms during the "Decade of Centenaries" and explores the implications of this commemorative shift in terms of understanding Ireland's post-war experiences. To what extent should the Irish revolution of 1919-23 be understood as part of a global-as well as natioal-story, and how might this be achieved?

September 12

4:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Fall 2018 Dalsimer Lecture with reception to follow

Fall 2018 Dalsimer Lecture with reception to follow

The Fall 2018 Dalsimer Lecture, titled Black and Brown Amidst the Orange and Green: Toward a Multiracial History of Ireland, will be presented by Dr. Mark Doyle, Middle Tennessee State University.

The history of nonwhite people in Ireland extends much further, and is much more significant, than many people suppose. This lecture will unclover the deep history of Asian and African immigrants and visitors to Ireland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, arguing for a new history of Ireland that not only incorporates the experiences of nonwhite people but also uses those experiences to understnad Irish attitudes toward race, immigration, and empire in the modern era.

September 27

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

A lecture by Professor Breandan Mac Suibhne titled, Mortuary Practice in "the Time of the Famine": Ireland, 1846-52

A lecture by Professor Breandan Mac Suibhne titled, Mortuary Practice in "the Time of the Famine": Ireland, 1846-52

In places where mortality ran high in “the time of the Famine”, the breakdown of traditional mortuary practices compounded the stress of death for the bereaved. Observers of the poor, and, indeed, the poor themselves, represented the abandonment of rituals surrounding wakes and the removal and burial of the dead as a marker of the depths to which famine reduces people, that is, how it pushes them beneath the waterline of humanity: just as extreme want “reduced” the poor to eating what had hitherto been regarded as animal food and to “inhuman” behavior it “reduced” them too to treating their dead like carrion. 

October 11

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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