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Irish Ethnomusicologist and Musician Aileen Dillane’s Semester-long Visit Educates, Enlightens and Enlivens the Notre Dame Campus

Author: Mary Hendriksen

 

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In Fall 2017, Professor Aileen Dillane of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick was the Herbert Allen & Donald R. Keough Visiting Faculty Fellow and the Moore & Livingston Faculty Fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. A dynamic teacher and performer, she did much during her semester on campus to illustrate how different genres of "Irish" music have been experienced, re-imagined and extended over the years and how music is central to discussions and representations of Irish and Irish-American identity.

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Declan Kiberd’s After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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Faculty Fellow Declan Kiberd has published his latest book After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present (Harvard University Press, 2018). In it, he explores works of nearly 30 modern poets and writers—John Banville, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Claire Keegan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Edna O’Brien, and Frank O’Connor, among them—and, through their poems, plays, short stories, and novels, traces the development of what he calls an “early warning system” to abuses and catastrophes.

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Keough Family's Gift Expands the Snite Museum’s Irish Art Collection

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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The Snite Museum of Art announced today a gift from the Donald and Marilyn Keough family of 19 modern and contemporary paintings by Irish artists. Combined with earlier acquisitions of 18th-century prints by James Barry and Thomas Frye and photographs by Alen MacWeeney, the gift lays the foundation for a significant collection of Irish art spanning three centuries at the University.

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Launch of Patrick Griffin's new book - "The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century"

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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On Tuesday evening, January 9, Dublin’s O’Connell House was the site of the launch of a new book by Patrick Griffin, Madden-Hennebry Professor of History and newly appointed Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies: The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century (Yale University Press, 2017).

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Faculty Fellow Ian Kuijt and his Team are Illuminating "Hidden Histories" and "Soft Footprints" on the Connemara Coast

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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Keough-Naughton Faculty Fellow Ian Kuijt, Professor of Anthropology, is leading a multifaceted and multidisciplinary effort off the west coast of Ireland called Hidden HistoriesCultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast (CLIC).

“There is a massive amount of research focused on the urban and the political,” Kuijt says, “but there are also huge swaths of Irish history and culture that are greatly understudied and thus not well understood.”

He calls the CLIC project an effort to shine a light on “hidden histories” and “soft footprints.”

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Wrap-Up of "Ireland & Italy": The IRISH Seminar Joins with the Rome Seminar in Summer 2017

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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As the Institute and its scholars continue to examine and probe the “worlding of Irish Studies,” this year, the IRISH Seminar joined with the University’s annual Rome Seminar to hold “Ireland & Italy” at the Rome Global Gateway, June 16-30. The Seminar’s executive director Barry McCrea, Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, Irish Language and Literature, and Romance Languages and Literatures, remarked: “The Ireland & Italy Seminar reversed many of my assumptions about the relationship between Ireland and Italy, and even about how culture travels.”

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