Center for Irish Studies

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Villanova’s Irish Studies Program was founded in 1979 and elevated to a Center in 2016 thanks to the generosity of the Connelly Foundation. The Center for Irish Studies provides innovative courses in seven disciplines open to all University students to study Ireland and its diaspora. 

The Center recognizes its role at Villanova University, founded by Irish Augustinians in Philadelphia in 1842, to explore the global dimensions of the Irish experience.  Irish Studies provides students in all colleges the opportunity to participate in vigorous conversations about Irish identity, history and culture through our multidisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies.

The Center sponsors two Villanova student groups—the Irish Cultural Society and the Irish Dance Team—and collaborates on events with local Philadelphia and Delaware Valley Irish-American groups, such as the Consul General of Ireland, the Irish Immigration Center, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Philadelphia Ceili Group, and the Irish American Business Chamber and Network.  


Upcoming Events

Please welcome our 2017-18 Fulbright Language instructor, Ciara Ní É, from Clontarf.  Ciara will be teaching our Irish language courses this year.  Ciara is a poet, and runs a bilingual spoken word event called REIC, which she has held all around Ireland and at many music festivals. Last year Ciara was one of thirteen poets chosen for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series 2017.

This semester we will have two Irish music performances by Larry Kirwin of Black '47 fame (Sept 7) and Mick Moloney and Friends, the eminent ethnomusicologist, band leader, and banjo player (Oct. 25).

We are also fortunate to have professors Kevin Dettmar speak on James Joyce, Sirshendu Majumdar speak on Irish and Indian literature, and Peter O'Neill speak on race in 19th century America.



Contact Information

Center for Irish Studies
Villanova University, SAC Room 105E
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon
Phone: (610) 519-4647

Assistant Director,
Dr. Jennifer A. Joyce
Phone: (610) 519-8953

Administrative Assistant II, 
Wendy Wunderlich
Phone: (610) 519-7517

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