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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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