Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland

The Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland was established in 2020 by a generous gift from long-time Notre Dame benefactors and Ireland Council members Brian and Deidre Clingen.  

A part of the Keough-Naughton Institute, the Center will expand our study of Ireland and its place in the modern world. Some of the ways it will do so are by sponsoring and supporting faculty at Notre Dame, faculty exchanges, postdoctoral and graduate fellowships, and student summer internships in Ireland. In addition, we envision lectures, workshops, and conferences at the University and in Ireland to engage our faculty, our students, our academic collaborators, and the Notre Dame and Irish studies communities.  

The Clingen Family Center's first visiting faculty fellow, Dr. Colin Barr, is in residence for the Fall 2020 semester. A faculty member at the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Barr’s academic interest is centered on the history of modern Ireland, with a particular focus on the Catholic Church both in Ireland itself and in the wider worlds of the Irish Diaspora.