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Examining the Life and Times of Roger Casement

Author: Margaret Lloyd


The University of Notre Dame and the University of Limerick recently collaborated to present a three day conference on the legacy of Roger Casement in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Attracting scholars from North America, South America, and Europe to the spot where Casement, a global humanitarian and international political figure, was arrested for importing guns into Ireland as part of the 1916 Irish Rebellion, the conference examined the global and local impact of this controversial figure.…

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All Ireland Dance Champs!

Author: Margaret Lloyd


Eight members of the Notre Dame/St. Mary’s Irish Dance Team celebrated the culmination of years of hard work in an enchanted performance at the All-Ireland Irish Dance Championship in Belfast, Northern Ireland in November.  Coached by Connor T. Reider (ND '14), the ND/SMC All-Ireland's Ceili Team of Kelly McGovern (ND '14), Lauren Kepley (SMC '14), Anne Marie Crowell (ND '14), Katie Herman (SMC '14), Grace Deardurff (ND '14), Cathy Cichon (ND '14), Mary Kate McGloughlin (SMC '15) and Katy Wahl (ND '16) brought home the winning trophy and wonderful memories of a perfect moment.   …

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2013-2014 FLTA Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Author: Margaret Lloyd


We are joined this year by Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Caoimhghín, currently a Ph.D. candidate in local place names and dialect studies at NUI Maynooth, where he received his B.A. in civil law and Irish, is from N. County Louth. His education before that mirrored Irish Language and Literature professor and Keough-Naughton Fellow Peter McQuillan’s as they attended the same Christian Brothers primary school and Christian Brothers secondary school, in north County Louth.…

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Professor defends Thoreau's view of Irish

Author: Ann Marie Jakubowski

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Notre Dame English professor Laura Dassow Walls delivered a lecture Friday afternoon exploring new ideas about American writer Henry David Thoreau’s relationship with Irish immigrants in his hometown and their effect on his writing.

The cross-disciplinary lecture sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies was titled “‘As You are Brothers of Mine’: Thoreau and the Irish.” In the presentation, Walls sketched a vision of a positive, respectful interaction between Thoreau and the local Irish though “hasty readings” of his work, particularly “Walden,” which might suggest racism or scorn towards the immigrants, she said.  …

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International Scholars Confer to Examine Irish Debt Crisis

Author: Margaret Lloyd


Questions of unemployment, emigration, economic contraction and the collapse of property prices are the order of the day in the Republic of Ireland today. The government bail-out of the banks has saddled Irish citizens with unimaginable debt burdens.   Stringent government austerity policies urged at the behest of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, which together bailed out the government, bite deeply in a traumatized society.…

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Historian examines Irish political cartoons

Author: Charlie Ducey


In a celebration of the University’s Irish character, Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies sponsored Felix M. Larkin’s lecture on the Shemus political cartoons of Ireland in the 1920s. The talk, titled “Artistic Bombs in Ireland: the Shemas Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924,” took place in Flanner Hall on Tuesday afternoon.…

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Keoughs make $30 million gift to Notre Dame

Author: Dennis Brown

Donald Keough

Donald and Marilyn Keough have made a $30 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to underwrite the construction of a new building for its international institutes.

To be named in honor of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the structure will be conjoined to Nanovic Hall, a recently announced facility to be built on Notre Dame Avenue south of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

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Institute for Irish Studies celebrates 20th anniversary with song, lectures, conferences, a Mass and a hurling game

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Door of O'Connell House, Dublin

The University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will begin the celebration of its 20th anniversary this weekend with a campus meeting of its Ireland Council and numerous public events including a choral concert, a Mass, a lecture and an all-star exhibition hurling game.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” said institute director Christopher Fox.

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The Celtic Champions Classic at Notre Dame

Author: Sean Potts


Ireland’s top hurling athletes to compete on campus as part of Fighting Irish v USC Trojans game day

The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Gaelic Players Association, with the support of Aer Lingus, are staging the Super Hurling 11s – ‘The Celtic Champions Classic’ at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday October 19 to coincide with the biggest College Football showdown of the season when Notre Dame take on arch rivals USC. …

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Former NEH Keough Fellows Discuss the Impact of their Fellowship

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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How do you describe the impact an experience has on the rest of your career?   Glowingly – if you were awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities–Keough Fellowship.

Since 2002, The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies has awarded annually a post-graduate scholar the opportunity to continue his or her research while in residence in the Keough-Naughton Institute.  The fellowship provides a stipend, an office and administrative support, as well as full access to the University’s research materials and faculty.  The Fellowship was established with support from a $2.25 million National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in 1998, which at the time, was the largest NEH grant awarded to the University of Notre Dame.…

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Irish Economist spurs Irish patriotism

Author: Christian Myers

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According to Irish economist and author David McWilliams, one solution to Ireland’s recent economic problems may come from the Irish but not from Ireland, it would come from what he calls the “great Irish tribe.”
McWilliams gave a lecture titled, “Ireland, Europe and the Irish Diaspora — Re-imagining Ireland in the 21st Century,” in the Rare Book Room of the Hesburgh Library on Friday.

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Reflections on a Gaeltacht Summer

Author: Jess Lumsden


Jess Lumsden, a Candidate for Ph.D. in History concentrating in Irish Studies, reflects on her summer spent in the Gaeltacht.

During the past summer the Keough Naughton Institute for Irish studies sponsored a group of Notre Dame undergraduate students and me as we travelled to the Connemara Gaeltacht for a month long Irish language immersion course. This was my second trip to Ceathrú Rua, a small coastal town just north of Galway, so I already knew that I was going to find: beautiful beaches and scenery, friendly people, some good pubs and a month of continuous language learning both inside and outside the classroom.  But even though I had been to the Gaeltacht before, I realized again this summer just what a unique experience NUI-Galway’s summer language school has to offer.…

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Three named Fellows in Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Author: Margaret Lloyd

This fall the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies welcomes three new fellows: Amy Mulligan, Irish Language and Literature; Isabelle Torrance, Classics; and E. Mark Cummings, Psychology.


Amy Mulligan joined the Irish Language and Literature Department and is also a Fellow in the Medieval Institute.  Amy received a Masters in Philosophy in Celtic Language and Literatures and a Ph.D. from Oxford. Her current research focuses on the role that written accounts of the land played in Ireland in the 12th century, a time of upheaval, compromised political autonomy and shifting control of the land. She considers the ways that imagined or ‘virtualized’ geographies were every bit as persuasive, rich, and real as the physical geography itself, and argues that engagement with ‘narrative topographies’ enabled the maintenance and development of place-based identities at times of dislocation from the land itself.  Her expertise in medieval languages and literature of Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland encourages the connections between Irish Studies and Medieval Studies. She looks to create new conversations surrounding Ireland’s place in northwest Europe and vernacular literature.  This semester Amy teaches Vikings and Celts: Fighting and Writing in the Middle Ages and Irish Literature and Culture I.…

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In Memoriam: Father Jenkins pays tribute to Seamus Heaney

Author: Notre Dame News

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has offered the following statement regarding the death of Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney:

“When the University of Notre Dame conferred an honorary degree upon Seamus Heaney at our Keough-Naughton Centre in Ireland in 2008, we recognized not only a literary giant, but a poet whose spiritual voice will live on through the ages.”

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Irish Novelist Reflects on Changing Times

Author: Catherine Owens


Irish novelist Patrick McCabe drew on his personal experience growing up in Ireland to address the effects of technological development Friday in a talk titled, “Irish Village Life Over 100 Years: From Brass Band to Broadband.”The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies sponsored McCabe’s talk in the Hesburgh Library’s Rare Books Room.…

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Irish novelist Patrick McCabe to speak on Irish village life

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Patrick McCabe

Irish novelist Patrick McCabe will speak on “Irish Village Life Over 100 Years: From Brass Band to Broadband” at 4 p.m. Friday (Aug. 30) in the Rare Books Room of the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

McCabe’s lecture is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies as one of a series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the Institute’s founding.

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Ten Students Summer Intern in Dublin

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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Ten rising seniors spent their summer interning in Ireland through the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies internship program.  The internship program has been a student favorite since 1997, when a student now known as Fr. Sean McGraw, C.S.C., was the first Summer Intern, where he worked for the leader of Fine Gael, an Irish political party.…

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Aaron Willis named the 2013-2014 Murphy Irish Exchange Fellow

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Aaron Willis

Aaron Willis, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History, was named the 2013-2014 Murphy Irish Exchange Fellow.  In its second year, the Exchange Fellowship was established to promote research in Irish Studies through a greater understanding between graduate students at Notre Dame and the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland.

In alternating years, a graduate student from each institution will be fully integrated into the academic life and social cultures of each institution. 

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English Graduate Student Wins 2013 NEH Keough Fellowship

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Wes Hamrick

James W. “Wes” Hamrick, a former graduate student in the Department of English, has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Keough Fellowship. Hamrick received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame in January, 2013.  

Hamrick will use the Fellowship to expand upon his dissertation “From Gaeltacht to Grub Street: The Eighteenth-Century Public Sphere in a Four-Nations Context.”  


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The Shadow of a year

Author: Margaret Lloyd


The Shadow of a Year:  The 1641 Irish Rebellion in Irish History and Memory

John Gibney

NEH-Keough Fellow 2007-2008

University of Wisconsin Press

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