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Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture: Heaney, Place and Property


Christopher Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin presents the second annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture at 4:00 PM in the Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collections. 

"It has long been recognised – since at least Heaney’s own early lecture, “The Sense of Place” – that Seamus Heaney’s poetry has carried out a series of complex negotiations with place: places of writing, places of memory, places of being.  It may be simply stated that Heaney’s poetry and thought are grounded in place – but not in any simple way. “The places I go back to have not failed”, he writes in “Squarings xli” from Seeing Things

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Student Spotlight: Ailbhe Darcy, Ph.D. 2015

Author: Mary Hendriksen


Ailbhe Darcy, of the Department of English and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, received her doctorate in May 2015 with an accompanying minor in Irish Studies.


 At Commencement, she was the winner of the Graduate School’s 2015 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award in the Humanities.

The citation for her Shaheen Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Notre Dame graduate student, honored Ailbhe for her extraordinary success both as a poet and as a literary critic.

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Report from the IRISH SEMINAR 2015: “I will never look at Irish Studies—or the world—the same way again.”

Author: Mary Hendriksen


 The Keough-Naughton's annual IRISH seminar met this summer in Buenos Aires, with the theme:  Peripheral  Modernities? Ireland, Argentina, Latin America.

Christopher Fox, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute and a participant in the Seminar, reported that it was " a smashing success," particularly in regard to students' new outlook on Irish Studies — and the world.

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