Graduate students attached to the Keough-Naughton Institute can either pursue a Graduate Minor in Irish Studies or focus on Irish Studies within their Ph.D. in History, English or Literature. Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library can sustain advanced research in all areas of Irish society and culture. Its holdings include outstanding Berkeley, Swift, Goldsmith and Burke Collections, the Loeber Collection of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Irish Fiction, the Captain Francis O’Neill Irish Music Collection and an extensive range of primary and secondary material relating to the 1798 Rising, the Great Famine, 1845-52 and Irish-America. The library also has extensive holdings in the literature (in Irish and English), economy, religion, and politics of contemporary Ireland. See: Irish Studies Resources in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Notre Dame.
All graduate students attached to the Keough-Naughton Institute are encouraged to study the Irish language, which is offered regularly, and there are funded opportunities to study the language in Ireland through a joint program with National University of Ireland, Galway.
Each summer, the Keough-Naughton Institute hosts The IRISH Seminar, a prestigious seminar in which graduate students from Notre Dame and other universities engage with key figures in Irish cultural, intellectual and political life. In Ireland, graduate students have full access to the resources of the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Centre, which is in close proximity to the country’s main archives and research libraries, including the National Archives, National Library of Ireland, Department of Irish Folklore in University College, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin.